Deutch Proposal Unanimously Passes House Of Representatives
With fewer than three weeks on the job in Congress behind him, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-19) has successfully passed his first piece of legislation as part of the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act. The Home Star program will create new jobs in America's manufacturing and green energy sector by providing families with rebates to retrofit their homes with energy efficient upgrades. Congressman Deutch's amendment expands eligibility for Home Star rebates to homeowners whose houses have been damaged by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, fires, and tornados.
"The people of Florida's 19th district sent me to Congress to do the job of turning our economy around, and I am working tirelessly every day to make good on that promise. The Home Star program is a terrific way to spur job creation in the manufacturing sector and fuel consumer demand for energy efficient windows, doors, heating and cooling systems, and other building products," said Congressman Deutch. "My amendment to this legislation ensures that a South Florida family can rebuild to a higher energy efficiency standard after a disaster and not have to wonder why they are not eligible for the incentive offered to any other homeowners who choose to upgrade their homes. This amendment makes certain that families whose houses have been devastated by natural disasters qualify for this rebate as they undergo the process of putting their homes, and their lives, back together. The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act is another bold step taken by the Democratic Congress to create new jobs in America and I am honored to have my amendment be part of it."
Following the passage of his amendment, the Florida Wildlife Association praised Rep. Deutch for immediately taking action in Congress on the important issue of energy independence. "The Florida Wildlife Federation commends Congressman Deutch on his initiative to close this gap in the Home Star Energy Program," said Jay Liles, Policy Consultant to the Federation. "Florida residents will benefit in so many ways by making their homes and businesses less storm prone and more energy efficient. Congressman Deutch has wasted no time in making his presence known in Washington, and showing the value he adds to the national debate on energy and climate."
Sworn into Congress just weeks ago on April 15th, Congressman Deutch has hit the ground running by engaging himself in the legislative process early on. Congressman Deutch built a reputation in the Florida State Senate as a commonsense, effective legislator capable of delivering results to his constituents.
Just yesterday, Congressman Deutch was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the House Foreign Affairs and the House Judiciary Committees, both of which have purview over many issues of interest to Florida's 19th district. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Deutch will be a strong voice for Israel's security and an informed advocate for thwarting the Iranian nuclear threat. On the Judiciary Committee, Deutch will engage in a wide range of issues, from the bankruptcy and foreclosure crisis, to the ongoing need to defend the reproductive rights of women and the civil rights and liberties of all Americans.