This afternoon, the House passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 (H.R. 5019) with a vote of 246 to 161! The bill passed with bi-partisan support – 12 Republicans voted in favor.
Let’s see how our Minnesota representatives voted:
- Bachmann, Michele, Minnesota, 6th – Nay
She likes the ‘Drill Baby Drill’ approach and evidently does not have much use for conservation. In the aftermath of the BP spill you would think that she would see that there needs to be smart alternatives, to drilling our way out of our energy challenges.
- Ellison, Keith, Minnesota, 5th – Yea
Smart man! He earned your support.
- Kline, John, Minnesota, 2nd – Nay
Kline writes on his site that “Any legislation designed to revive and renew our economy should help American families and small businesses by preserving and creating more jobs in America. Americans should be able to keep more of their hard-earned money – to save, spend or invest. Legislation based on those principles would put America on a direct road to economic recovery.”
If Kline really believes in his words, that we need to create jobs and help people save money, there is is no good reason from him to vote Nay. Remember this folks when he is up for reelection.
- McCollum, Betty, Minnesota, 4th – No vote
- Oberstar, James L., Minnesota, 8th – Yea
Another smart individual who deserves your support.
- Paulsen, Erik, Minnesota, 3rd – Nay
What is Erik thinking??
- Peterson, Collin C., Minnesota, 7th – Yea
- Walz, Timothy J., Minnesota, 1st – Yea
Tim understands energy conservation and deserves your support.
This is a major milestone for Home Star, but work still remains. First, the Senate must follow up and pass their version of the Home Star bill. Additionally, today’s vote was an authorization, so it must be matched with an appropriation bill. An appropriation bill will actually allocate the $6 billion dollars to the program.