Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following passage of the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, providing incentives for consumers to make their homes more energy efficient. The bill passed by a vote of 246 to 161.
"Today, the House took another step forward to create good-paying, American jobs that cannot be outsourced, to lower energy costs for consumers, and to build our clean energy economy.
"The Home Star jobs bill is about building a stronger economy that works for Main Street and the middle class. The legislation will create nearly 168,000 jobs in construction, manufacturing, and retail -- some of the hardest hit sectors during the Bush recession. It will cut costs for consumers, decreasing energy bills by up to $500 per year for 3 million families. And it will reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and dirty fuels, cutting energy use equal to roughly 7 million barrels of heating oil in 2011.
"It's not surprising that Republicans offered a poison pill in their motion to recommit -- demonstrating, once again, that they are not serious about addressing the top concerns of the American people: job creation, economic security, and energy independence. We will work with the Senate to fix this flawed language and focus the final bill on these critical challenges for our middle class.
"I applaud the Members of Congress who voted for this bill. With bills like the Home Star jobs legislation, Democrats are standing up for Main Street and creating jobs for our middle class and small businesses, while Republicans side with Wall Street, Big Oil, and special interests."