Congresswoman Kaptur today offered an amendment that would restore $10 million in funding for alternative energy programs in the Energy and Water appropriations measure.
"Our future security depends on diversified energy research and development," Congresswoman Kaptur said during debate on the House floor.
"American security and competitiveness hinge on affordable energy for our businesses and families."
Congresswoman Kaptur offered her amendment to counter proposed drastic cuts in alternative energy programs in the Republican appropriations bill. She said the proposed measure would cut solar programs approximately in half while slashing wind energy development by almost one fourth.
"My amendment would take another step towards energy independence for America and new jobs for Americans," she said. The amendment would shift funds from administrative accounts to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
"We must insure that American innovators are on a level playing field with countries across the globe, including China and Russia," Congresswoman Kaptur said.
"The United States has been the global leader, but we are now losing edge. Investments in alternative and renewable are essential to securing America's energy future."