Final Budget Passes US Senate: Includes Stabenow's Green Collar Jobs Initiative
Budget creates jobs and invests in alternative energy
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today announced passage of the final Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Resolution, which includes Senator Stabenow's Green Collar Jobs Initiative. Stabenow's initiative makes critical investments in the newest alternative energy technologies to ensure that the next generation of energy and vehicle production is done in America and, most importantly, creates job opportunities in Michigan.
"This budget puts families across Michigan and across our country first, creating good-paying jobs here at home," said Sen. Stabenow. "I'm proud my work on the Budget Committee enabled me to able to fight successfully for the inclusion of my Green Collar Jobs Initiative," she continued. "This budget truly invests in the future of our green economy by promoting education and job training, providing new technology and research, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil." Additionally, the newly-passed budget returns Congress to fiscal responsibility, balancing the budget by 2012.
Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget include:
Stabenow Green Collar Jobs Initiative ($2 billion)
Makes the critical investments needed to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, decrease carbon emissions and most importantly, create jobs here at home.
High-Paying Job Creation Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Provides block grants encouraging partnerships between cities, counties and states to promote alternative energy. Puts decision-making at the local level supporting local governments which are, in many cases, already breaking ground to reduce carbon emissions and become more energy efficient. This creates new high-paying jobs for architects, construction workers, contractors and engineers.
Support for Advanced Battery Production to Create Jobs
Increases research and production of advanced battery technologies, including lithium ion batteries and hybrid electrical systems. Such critical investments will keep the US competitive with our trading rivals in what promises to be one of the most important technologies of the future - advanced batteries while creating jobs at home.
Federal Investment in Retooling Older Plants
Brings federal investment to retooling our older manufacturing plants to produce hybrids, plug-in hybrids, advanced diesel and fuel cell vehicles will help keep middle-class jobs in America.
Creates Jobs with Biofuel Production
Invests in the production of advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel. This investment will provide our country with access to sustainable energy resources, while providing Americans with a real energy choice. This also provides important investments in infrastructure to ensure consumers have access to advanced alternative fuels.
Green Jobs Training Program
To stay competitive, this budget provides workers with the tools and resources needed to produce the next generation of green technologies. This funding includes competitive grants to non-profits and private partnerships to train workers that will lead to an expanded energy efficiency and renewable energy industry workforce.
Restore Bush / GOP Cuts to Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy
President Bush has proposed cutting funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy. This Budget restores this funding, making critical investments in solar, geothermal, biomass, hydrogen and weatherization assistance.
Investments in Health Care, Improving Care
Senator Stabenow's successful effort to include investment in Health Information Technology provides a critical first step for to implement technologies that will reduce costs, improve care and save lives. In addition, the budget requires that the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration's health record systems become compatible.
Funding for Veterans Health Care
The President's Budget increased fees for our nation's veterans, including doubling prescription drug co-payments. The final Senate Budget includes Senator Stabenow's language, which rejects these increases, ensuring our service members are not strapped with additional health care costs.
Restores cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
The Bush Administration proposed $600 billion cut to Medicare and Medcaid would harm seniors, people with disabilities and those who can't receive coverage anywhere else. The Senate Budget rejects the cuts and improves key Medicare and Medicaid services, ensuring millions of Americans are not left without access to critical health care services.
Restores Cuts to Law Enforcement, Keeping our Communities Safe
The Senate Budget restores $48 billion in cuts to the COPS program that provides much needed resources to state and local law enforcement agencies. Language authored by Senator Stabenow restores resources to the Byrne Grant program that provides funding to Michigan's Drug Courts as well as victims of domestic violence.