1979 Scorecard Vote
S. 932. Defense Production Act. The vote is on the Johnston motion to kill the Javits amendment, which would have expanded the energy conservation loan program for buildings. The bill as written limited this program to landlords of buildings with four or fewer units, while the amendment made it available to other landlords too. Well over 50% of all renters are in multi-family dwellings, and it is here than the need for conservation is greatest. Many low income housing units have almost no insulation at all. Studies indicate that we could save the equivalent of at least 3 million barrels of oil a day through a comprehensive program to insulate and conserve energy in buildings. By broadening this program, the amendment would have shifted some of the money in the bill away from subsidies for synthetic fuels development and toward energy conservation, our cheapest and safest energy source. The Carter Administration opposed the Javits amendment and supported this motion to kill it. November 8, 1979. Passed 45-39. NO was the correct vote.