AP: House disaster vote sets up showdown with Senate

September 21, 2011
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Rep. Eshoo has been fighting to preserve the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM), a successful job-creating program that was passed and funded with bipartisan support.  Reps. Eshoo and Peters sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner with 77 Members of Congress, urging him to not cut $1.5 billion from the ATVM Program.  The AP covered her letter and actions to save the ATVM program:

The GOP-controlled House is on track to pass $3.7 billion in disaster relief as part of a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month.

House passage of the bill Wednesday would come over the opposition of most Democrats, who oppose it because it contains $1.5 billion in cuts from a government program to help car companies build more fuel-efficient vehicles. That money would pay for the most urgently needed portion of the disaster aid.

The Energy Department program subsidizes low-interest loans to help car companies and parts manufacturers retool factories to build vehicles that will meet new, tougher fuel economy standards.

Democrats say cutting the program could cost up to 10,000 jobs because there wouldn't be enough money for all pending applications.

"While the government has a responsibility to fund disaster response in places that were devastated by Hurricane Irene or other natural disasters, it is unconscionable to use funds designed to create jobs in manufacturing states to pay for it," Reps. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

They credited $3.5 billion of loan subsidies with supporting loans totaling $9.2 billion that created or saved 41,000 jobs in Tennessee, California, Indiana, Michigan, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio. Ford Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. have already received loans; Chrysler Group LLC is awaiting final approval of a loan.

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