Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after the House of Representatives approved an appropriations bill that included his amendment to stop a $3.25 billion green energy loan program:
"The Obama 2009 stimulus bill cost taxpayers about $830 billion, and much of it was wasted on growing government and administration giveaways, like a $3.25 billion loan program that put taxpayers on the hook for failed green energy projects. A company could take a government loan and walk away from a project without paying taxpayers back, even if the company remained in business. In a free market economy companies may turn to banks and investors to borrow money, but the government should not force taxpayers to be lenders, even as it gives borrowers a pass on paying back their loans."
Note: The Fleming amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill was approved late last night by a bipartisan vote of 230-194. Rep. Fleming spoke about his amendment on the House floor.