2020 Scorecard Vote
Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) offered an amendment to H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which would increase authorizations by 50 percent for renewable energy research and development programs at the Department of Energy, including significant funding authorization boosts for research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This amendment would represent an important down payment on getting our country to 100 percent clean energy production and would help advance technologies to reduce the price of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and develop new solutions to generate, transmit, and use clean energy. The larger wide-ranging research and development package would help reduce carbon emissions in a variety of industries and sectors and boost job growth, particularly in communities where Black, Indigenous, and people of color are exposed to higher levels of toxic pollution. On September 24, the House approved the Haaland amendment by a vote of 235-173 (House roll call vote 203). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. A smaller increase in authorizations for clean energy research & development programs was included in the year-end appropriations and bare-bones COVID-19 relief package (H.R. 133) signed into law by the president on December 27.