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Perlmutter Opposes Bill to Slash Energy and Science Research Funding
Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) voted against H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. The legislation would authorize funding levels and policy for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Department of Energy.
"Investing in basic science and energy research is what keeps America as the world leader in innovation. Unfortunately, slashing our investments in research and politicizing the scientific process moves us backward not forward. This bill fails to live up to the vision laid out by the bipartisan America COMPETES Act of 2007. If the Republican majority has their way, they would cut EERE by $500 million and jeopardize our progress toward sustainable transportation, renewable energy, and energy efficient technologies. EERE has consistently shown good value to the taxpayer and is important to securing American energy independence and a cleaner way to power our nation,” said Rep. Perlmutter.
One provision of the bill would reduce the authorized funding level for the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) by almost a third from the FY 2015 levels. Rep. Perlmutter introduced an amendment which would restore the $500 million cut to maintain current spending levels, but House Republicans refused to even allow debate on the amendment.
Earlier this month, Rep. Perlmutter cosponsored an amendment to H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to redirect over $25 million in the Energy and Water to support EERE research like that being done at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden.