Mark Udall said the latest round of Vestas's layoffs -- affecting an estimated 1,400 workers worldwide -- illustrates the steep cost of congressional inaction on the wind Production Tax Credit.
"Americans are losing their jobs and our nation is at risk of losing its edge because Congress refuses to extend the wind Production Tax Credit. Enough is enough: Congress needs to extend the PTC and support Made-in-America energy and good-paying manufacturing jobs," Udall said. "I fear that Vestas's layoff announcements this week are only the beginning if Congress does not extend the PTC ASAP. I plan to take the stories of the workers in Pueblo, Brighton and other cities across Colorado back to Washington to continue to make the case for the PTC."
This is the third round of North American layoffs Vestas has announced over the past two weeks. Udall decried previous rounds of layoffs hitting Vestas's Pueblo and Brighton production facilities.
These layoffs follow Udall's efforts to encourage his colleagues to extend the PTC as soon as possible. Udall has given 15 speeches on the Senate floor. His campaign has garnered bipartisan support, including accompanying speeches by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I).
Earlier this month, Udall called for and then praised a bipartisan bill that included the wind Production Tax Credit through the Senate Finance Committee. Udall also recently joined with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to reauthorize the wind Production Tax Credit as an amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act.
Udall also has written guest columns on the need to extend the wind Production Tax Credit for the Denver Post, the Steamboat Pilot, the Pueblo Chieftain and the Northern Colorado Business Report.