New committee assignments have been announced for the 116th Congress which began on January 3rd. The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has also announced new chair assignments. These assignments will impact efforts to advance alternative fuel and vehicle adoption by consumers and fleets.
With continued Republican control of the Senate, chair assignments have remained mostly the same. However, with the Democrats now in control of Congress, new chairs have been named for all House committees. Notably, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D- Toledo) has been named Chair of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee to the full Appropriations Committee. This subcommittee is responsible for setting initial expenditure levels for the U.S. Department of Energy, including the Clean Cities program. The full Appropriations Committee has rarely, if ever deviated from Subcommittee recommendations for Clean Cities. Kaptur is seen as a strong supporter of the alternative fuel industry and Clean Cities. Also serving on the House Committee on Appropriations is Congressman David Joyce (R- Bainbridge Township). Like Kaptur, Joyce has been a strong supporter in the past.
“I see a very strong path to getting the help we need to address our issues because of the committee assignments for the members of the Ohio delegation,” said Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. “There are important members of the Ohio delegation on Energy and Commerce, Small Business, Appropriations, Transportation and Infrastructure and Ways and Means Committees. I look forward to working with them over the next two years.”
Clean Fuels Ohio has several issues to be resolved at the federal level. Included on that agenda is extending the excise tax credit for CNG and propane, continuing the $7,500 tax credit for EVs, protecting the renewable fuel standard and streamlining the USDOT rules for alternative fuel vehicle projects. To address these and other issues, Clean Fuels Ohio will bring a large delegation of members to Capitol Hill on February 12th as part of the annual Energy Independence Summit (EIS), presented by Transportation Energy Partners (TEP). The goal of that day is to meet with members of the Ohio delegation and several other key legislators to discuss the policy needs of the alternative fuel industry.
“There are a number of major issues that act as a barrier to the adoption of alternative fuels,” Phillips stated. “Our education and outreach efforts are successful because we get to connect businesses and experts with our elected officials. Nearly all of the Ohio Congress and senators are extremely helpful once they understand the issues we face and are asked for help.”
If you are a member interested in participating in Clean Fuels Ohio’s delegation to our nation’s Capital as part of this annual summit, please contact Jason Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.