Facing a Threat to Funding, Congress Shows Overwhelming Support for Clean Cities Program

In recent weeks, the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives debated and passed HR 2740, an appropriations bill for a wide variety of government agencies. Included in the appropriations bill is funding for the Clean Cities program. Clean Fuels Ohio is one of nearly ninety Clean Cities coalitions around the country.

Clean Cities funding was strongly supported by the subcommittee. However, an amendment was proposed for the House floor by Congressman Paul Gosar (R- Arizona) to eliminate the program, which has become critical to advanced and smart transportation deployment efforts.

“The results achieved through The Clean Cities program speaks for themselves. Through this program, Clean Cities Coalitions provide businesses and governments with access to the resources needed to successfully deploy advanced, innovative transportation fuels and technologies,” said Sam Spofforth, Clean Fuels Ohio’s Executive Director. “We have had tremendous success with refueling and charging infrastructure projects, vehicle deployment projects as well as helping fleets identify and apply for grants for funding. Ohio benefits more than most states because Clean Fuels Ohio is one of the strongest Clean Cities coalitions in the country.”

Supporters of the program were tremendously vocal in their opposition to the amendment. Once it became apparent that the Clean Cities program was extremely popular with members of Congress and has demonstrated its effectiveness in its mission, the amendment was withdrawn by the sponsor.

“Support for the Clean Cities program was overwhelmingly positive by the Ohio Congressional Delegation,” stated Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. “The services Clean Cities Coalitions provide to fleets, and a wide range of industry and other stakeholders are extremely well-respected all over the Midwest. Our Congressional leaders see the value in the Clean Cities program and we received a substantial number of pledges for their opposition to the proposed cut.”

HR 2740 was passed by the House by a vote of 226-203. The Appropriations Bill has been referred to the Senate for hearings.Jas

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