Congressman Loebsack Adds Critical Flood Recovery Provisions to American Clean Energy and Security Act
Votes to Create New, Clean Energy Jobs and Decrease American Dependence on Foreign Oil
WASHINGTON DC - Congressman Loebsack today voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The final bill included provisions that were added by the Congressman to make the rebuilding process easier for disaster stricken families and businesses. The provisions in the amendment make sure Iowans are able to take full advantage of funding to rebuild in an energy efficient and cost saving manner.
"My amendment to the bill will make the rebuilding process easier for disaster stricken families and businesses by making sure that as we repair homes and businesses, Iowans are able to take full advantage of funds to rebuild in an energy efficient and cost saving manner," said Congressman Loebsack. "As we rebuild our communities, it is critical that Iowans are able to utilize energy efficient measures so that we can create long-term energy cost savings for our middle class families."
Congressman Loebsack's amendment to the bill will amend the Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program so that building owners receiving disaster assistance can use the disaster assistance funds to leverage additional or matching funds to make energy efficient improvements to their homes and businesses. The REEP program provides funding to improve energy efficiency in homes and buildings. Congressman Loebsack's amendment will maximize the benefits of the REEP program for disaster victims by helping Iowa homes become more energy efficient. It would also require that FEMA make information available to disaster victims that the REEP program is available for them to make energy efficiency improvements post-disaster.
"This bill takes steps to create good paying jobs for clean energy economy with less dependence on foreign oil," said Congressman Loebsack. "I look forward to working further to improve the bill and ensure Iowa increases its role as a global leader in clean energy and ensure further savings for Iowans through clean energy."
The bill also included measures that will create millions of new clean energy jobs, increase our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and protect our environment.
"I am pleased that after several rounds of negotiations, this legislation will ensure Iowa 's farmers will have a larger and more prominent seat at the table," added Congressman Loebsack. "As we move forward, I will work to protect Iowa families, and make sure that Iowa is a global leader in a new, clean energy economy."