What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Utility Industry : (H.R. 4785) Legislation authorizing the Agriculture Department to provide loans to public or cooperative electric utilities, and requiring those utilities ( which were recipients of government loans) to make low-interest loans to customers for energy-efficient installations – On bringing to a final vote the resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to the bill
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(H.R. 4785) Legislation authorizing the Agriculture Department to provide loans to public or cooperative electric utilities, and requiring those utilities ( which were recipients of government loans) to make low-interest loans to customers for energy-efficient installations – On bringing to a final vote the resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to the bill
house Roll Call 526     Sep 16, 2010
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This was a procedural vote on a resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to legislation authorizing the Agriculture Department to provide loans to public or cooperative electric utilities. Those utilities would then be required to make low-interest loans to customers for energy-efficient installations. The bill authorized $993 million to be spent on this program.

If passed, this particular procedural motion -- known as the “previous question" -- effectively ends debate and brings the pending legislation to an immediate vote.    

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) urged support for the resolution and the underlying bill: “This is a good, cost-effective bill…. [it] will create high-skilled, high-wage manufacturing and construction jobs while delivering energy savings to millions of Americans by providing access to capital and energy-efficient technologies.”

McGovern also argued: “The truth is that more than 92 percent of energy efficiency products are manufactured right here in the United States of America. We are talking about insulation, windows, doors and water heaters. That's why this is so important. A family or a business will not only hire someone to install these energy efficiency products, but these products will be made in our backyard right here in our own country. Make it in America. That's what Democrats want. That's what we stand for.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) argued the legislation was fiscally irresponsible: “Even though we have all had the opportunity to meet with our constituents in our districts over the past 6 weeks [during Congress’ summer recess], it's clear that the ruling Democratic elite still do not seem to get it….The fact is we cannot afford, nor do we need, these new government programs, especially at a time when we have an unprecedented deficit and return on this spending is questionable at best.”

The House agreed to the previous question motion by a vote of 226-186. 226 Democrats – including a majority of progressives -- voted “yea.” 171 Republicans and 15 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House proceeded to a final vote on a resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to legislation authorizing the Agriculture Department to provide loans to public or cooperative electric utilities, and requiring those utilities (which were recipients of government loans) to make low-interest loans to customers for energy-efficient installations.

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