Friday, June 13, 2008

Jim Slattery: "Sen. Roberts voted wrong way..."

Slattery Urges Roberts
Support Renewable Energy Bill
Bill Would Extend Tax Cuts
Promote Energy Independence

Topeka, KS- Jim Slattery, candidate for the United States Senate, today urged Sen. Pat Roberts to change his position and vote in favor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act.

"Sen. Roberts voted the wrong way on Tuesday when he voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act, but he has the opportunity to do the right thing and vote for the bill when it is reconsidered on Monday," Slattery said.

The Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act increases incentives for clean energy development by $18 billion to promote energy independence and create jobs. The bill extends wind energy credits, which, if allowed to expire, will put 76,000 jobs at risk.

"I strongly believe that the Senate should renew the clean energy production tax credits because it will encourage the development of wind energy in Kansas," Slattery said. "Our nation is more dependent on foreign oil than at anytime in our nation's history and with Kansans paying close to $4.00 a gallon for gasoline, we must do more to promote energy independence."

The bill extends these important tax cuts without putting American taxpayers further into debt by paying for them with two offsets. It also extends tax cuts for teachers' expenses, the child tax credit, and the college tuition deduction, among others.

"The passage of this bill will help clean energy entrepreneurs reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create new energy jobs in Kansas at a time when we need to do both," Slattery said. "It's the right thing to do."

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