Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) tonight voted against H.R. 2608, a House Majority bill that temporarily extends the federal budget, but at the expense of potentially thousands of federally supported clean energy jobs.
Congresswoman Hirono released the following statement after the House vote:
"We need to make sure the federal government continues to operate in a stable manner. Unfortunately, this legislation again puts jobs on the butcher block and then goes a step further to cut an additional clean energy initiative -- one which enabled the financing necessary for the Kahuku wind project that now powers 7,700 Oahu homes with clean energy.
"I voted against this bill because while we need a federal budget that keeps the government running, it shouldn't include provisions that destroy jobs. It's disappointing for our country and our future that so many in the House are more focused on playing politics than governing."