WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, today voted for H.R. 5325, the Fiscal Year 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. The measure provides $32.1 billion in funding for programs administered by the Department of Energy (DOE), Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and other federal agencies. This level is $965 million below President Obama’s request.
“H.R. 5325 advances an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will support domestic job growth through the diversification of our nation’s energy production and usage,” said Rep. Dent. “In today’s difficult economy, it is absolutely imperative American families and job creators have access to affordable and reliable energy. The bill passed by the House today recognizes that this can only be achieved through the development of traditional, alternative and renewable sources.”
Notably, H.R. 5325 includes $107 million in funding for hydrogen and fuel cell technology programs. Rep. Dent, a founder and co-chair of the House Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus, worked to ensure the bill maintained adequate funding for the development of these clean and domestically-produced energy sources. While funding for hydrogen and fuel cell technology programs in H.R. 5325 is slightly less than the amount appropriated last year, this important investment will help expedite the commercialization of cutting-edge equipment, including zero-emissions vehicles and stationary power units for buildings.
“In a matter of years, increased global demand for hydrogen and fuel cells will lead to the creation of thousands of manufacturing jobs,” said Rep. Dent. “Turning our backs on domestic development now would only ensure these jobs are located in Asia and Europe, rather than here in the US. I am very pleased the House has provided critical support that will keep our nation at the forefront of hydrogen and fuel cell innovation.”