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"This Legislation Makes Critical Investments in Reducing
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today as the House continued debate on the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008, which the President has threatened to veto:
"President Bush has repeatedly stated that it is imperative that our nation wean itself from its dependence on foreign oil - and I could not agree more. Yet, when it comes to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill - which makes critical investments designed to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and to cut greenhouse gas emissions - the President seems to prefer political posturing rather than practical solutions by threatening to veto this important legislation.
"Democrats are absolutely committed to efforts to move America toward energy independence. And that is why the bipartisan Energy and Water Appropriations Bill calls for, among other things, a 50-percent increase in funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy above the President's request for such programs; a 40-percent increase above the President's request for research and development of alternative fuels; and a 34-percent increase above the President's request for developing new vehicle technologies.
"Our bill also includes significant cuts to other programs, and is a total of only $1 billion more than the President's request.
"After six years of running up record deficits and debt, the President and Congressional Republicans should stop pretending that they are somehow proponents of fiscal responsibility. They should join Democrats in making these crucial investments in America's energy future. I urge the President to reconsider his veto."