Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 4785, the Rural Energy Savings Program Act. The bill passed by a vote of 240 to 172. This legislation includes both the Rural Star and Home Star programs, and marks another step forward for Democrats' "Make It In America" manufacturing agenda. The bill will provide loans to American families and farmers to renovate their homes and farms, make them more energy efficient, create American manufacturing jobs, and cut energy bills:
"Today, the House acted to create American jobs that can't be outsourced, invest in the clean energy industry of tomorrow, preserve our environment, and reduce energy bills for our families and farmers. By passing the Rural Energy Savings Program Act, we are supporting local workers and strengthening demand for products made in America -- such as insulation and windows -- because when we "make it in America,' we create jobs and lead the world economy. I salute Majority Whip Jim Clyburn for his leadership on behalf of this job-creating legislation.
"The Rural Star program will create as many as 40,000 jobs per year in construction, manufacturing, and retail, on top of the 168,000 jobs from Home Star. These initiatives will strengthen rural economies and relieve the burden of rising electric costs on local families. This legislation is good for our national security and our environment, and it is fiscally responsible.
"In voting for this bill, Democrats are working to move our country forward and rebuild our economy. Congressional Republicans want to take us back to the "exact same' failed agenda that cost us millions of jobs and caused the Bush recession."