Congressman John Kline supported bipartisan jobs legislation which passed the House of Representatives Tuesday that would allow Section 1603 renewable energy grants to expire at the end of this month. The grants, which include tax credits for wind energy -- including a proposed controversial wind farm in Goodhue County -- were included in the President's stimulus in 2009.
"This is a wind energy project Goodhue County citizens don't want funded by taxpayer money the federal government doesn't have," Kline said. "Given the economic challenges facing our country, we cannot in good conscience use taxpayer dollars to subsidize industries that have failed to demonstrate proven results to help our long-term energy strategy."
Congressman Kline has been meeting with constituents and working with colleagues to ensure the wind energy tax credits expire.
In June, Kline sent a letter asking House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp to let Section 1603 grants expire in accordance with efforts to develop a comprehensive energy strategy.
In October, Kline met in Cannon Falls with more than 20 constituents to hear their concerns with the proposed wind project.
In November, Kline asked congressional colleagues to support his proposal allowing Section 1603 to expire.
Last week, Kline sent a letter to Chairman Camp reiterating congressional support to allow Section 1603 to expire.
On Tuesday, Kline voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act, which passed the House 234-193.
The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act (H.R. 3630), extends a number of provisions scheduled to expire at the end of the year and includes fully paid-for extensions of the payroll tax holiday and a reformed unemployment insurance program. The legislation also extends and expands provisions to encourage employers to invest and hire.
In his fifth term, Congressman John Kline is the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.