Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today reintroduced his Make It In America: Create Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in America Act, H.R. 1524. It would require that clean energy goods and equipment used in projects purchased or paid for by federal taxpayer dollars contain 85 percent American-made content. The bill sets a three-year phase-in schedule for the policy, with American content requirements set at 50 percent in the first fiscal year after enactment and 60 percent in the second.
"During good times and bad, booms and busts, America invests billions of dollars in our infrastructure. We know that clean energy is an absolutely essential part of our future, yet under current law, much of our tax dollars are directly shipped to China, the European Union, and other competitors to purchase equipment manufactured abroad. Our government is directly offshoring too many American jobs, and that must change," said Congressman Garamendi. "When we're using our limited tax money, we better prioritize American-made goods and equipment. That's the intent behind the Make It In America: Create Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in America Act."
H.R. 1524 would also set an 85 percent American content requirement for companies that use the Investment Tax Credit and the Production Tax Credit. Text of the bill is available by clicking here.
Garamendi added, "Hardworking Americans are ready and able to do this work. My bill proposes 85 cents to the dollar in American content within three years. I think most American taxpayers would agree that it is a rather moderate expectation when we're using their money -- money that will create jobs somewhere. When we Make It In America, we provide pathways to the middle class and encourage our best and brightest to reinvent America's economy for the better. Let's Make It In America!"
"Congressman Garamendi has been a strong voice for creating the best conditions for American businesses to manufacture their products, innovate, and create jobs right here in the U.S. I thank him for his continued work to increase manufacturing opportunities in America," said Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.
"We have the technology and the ready labor force to manufacture clean energy goods and equipment--so the American taxpayer should not have to see their money go to other countries to do things we can do here," said Congressman Ryan, Co-Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus. "In addition, companies that are using production or investment tax credits should maintain or create American jobs. We can't allow companies to use tax credits to ship our jobs overseas."
The following Members of Congress are original cosponsors of H.R. 1524: Representatives Rob Andrews (D-NJ), John Conyers (D-MI), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), John Duncan (R-TN), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and John Yarmuth (D-KY).
As a California State Legislator in the 1970s, Garamendi authored the country's first state tax credit for clean energy.