House Votes To Restore $90 Million Of $2.3 Billion Cut From Green Energy Research

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

In a small victory for the clean energy economy, the House of Representatives narrowly approved the restoration of $90 million in clean energy research out of $2.3 billion cut in the FY 2012 budget. The House energy and water appropriations bill up for consideration today had eviscerated the Department of Energy’s energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE) budget by $1.9 billion and the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) budget by $450 million from the president’s request.

Two Democratic amendments were approved today, restoring four percent of the cuts. By a 214-213 vote, the House approved an amendment by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to shift $79,640,000 from the DOE administrative budget back into ARPA-E. Then, by a 212-210 vote, the House approved a Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) amendment to shift $10 million from the DOE administrative budget to the EE/RE budget.

These largely symbolic votes for clean energy will pare down the DOE administrative budget to the bone, slashing the presidential request of $305 million to around $170 million, a 50 percent cut from 2011 levels. The amendments passed with the support of a small number of Republican representatives, who now risk the wrath of the fossil fuel industry for only pushing the polluter agenda 96 percent of the way:

Kaptur Amendment: $10 Million For EE/RE, Approved 212-210.

33 GOP AYES: Roscoe Bartlett (MD), Charlie Bass (NH), Brian Bilbray (CA), Gus Bilirakis (FL), Diane Black (TN), Mary Bono Mack (CA), Dave Camp (MI), Bill Cassidy (LA), Charlie Dent (PA), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA), Jeff Fortenberry (NE), Jim Gerlach (PA), Chris Gibson (NY), Louie Gohmert (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ), Mike Hanna (NY), Andy Harris (MD), Joe Heck (NV), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA), Tim Johnson (IL), Walter Jones (NC), Leonard Lance (NJ), Bob Latta (OH), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Michael McCaul (TX), Tom Petri (WI), Todd Platts (PA), Dave Reichert (WA), Jean Schmidt (OH), David Schweikert (AZ), Chris Smith (NJ), Steve Stivers (OH), Fred Upton (MI)

7 DEM NOES: Dan Boren (OK), Jim Costa (CA), Steny Hoyer (MD), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC), Collin Peterson (MN), Pete Visclosky (IN)

Schiff Amendment: $80 Million For ARPA-E, Approved 214-213.

34 GOP AYES: Bartlett, Bass, Dan Benishek (MI), Howard Coble (NC), Scott DesJarlais (TN), Bob Dold (IL), John Duncan Jr. (TN), Stephen Fincher (TN), Fitzpatrick, Gerlach, Gibson, Bob Goodlatte (VA), Griffith (VA), Harris, Heck, Johnson, Jones, Adam Kinzinger (IL), Lance, Steven LaTourette (OH), LoBiondo, Dan Lungren (CA), Don Manzullo (IL), Tom Marino (PA), McCaul, John Mica (FL), Petri, Platts, Reichert, Austin Scott (GA), Lamar Smith (TX), Allen West (FL), Rob Woodall (GA)

8 DEM NOES: Norm Dicks (WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Ed Pastor (AZ), José Serrano (NY), Edolphus Towns (NY), Nydia Velázquez (NY), Visclosky, Henry Waxman (CA)

The 15 Republicans who voted for both amendments were Bartlett, Bass, Fitzpatrick, Gerlach, Gibson, Harris, Heck, Johnson, Jones, Lance, LoBiondo, McCaul, Petri, Platts, and Reichert.

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