Dear Solar Advocate:
The Solar tax credit legislation is not dead! The Blue Dog Democrats pressured Representatives Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi to not bring the revised Senate Bill HR6049 (http://seia.org/galleries/pdf/House_Extenders_92308.pdf) to the House Floor for a vote last week. Hoyer and Pelosi reluctantly gave in to the Blue Dogs and passed a separate bill, HR7060 (http://seia.org/galleries/pdf/HR_7060_Summary.pdf), knowing that it would not make it past the Senate nor the White House.
The Senate revived HR6049 last night by adding it to the revised financial rescue bill which is scheduled to be voted on later today. The Congressional switchboards have been flooded with calls over the past week and we need your assistance in flooding them again today.
Please call your Senators and Congress person as well as Representative Steny Hoyer right now demanding passage of the financial rescue package, including HR6049. Hundreds of thousands of quality American jobs are on the line. HR6049 will greatly enhance our national security through significantly advancing our energy independence priorities.
The House and Senate switchboard can be reached at (202) 224-3121. The operator will direct you to your Congressional Representative and Senators offices. Representative Hoyer can be reached directly at (202) 225-4131.
Thank you for your assistance in helping pass this vital legislation! Please forward this to everyone you feel can help.
Tony Clifford, CEO and President
Standard Solar, Inc.
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 11:19:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: SEIA Communications
Subject: SEIA Member Update and Action Alert 10.1.08
ACTION ALERT: Contact Congress NOW & tell them to extend the ITC by voting YES on the Senate stabilization bill.
36 HOURS LEFT TO EXTEND THE ITC
Tonight the Senate will pass the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and it will include the extensions and modifications of the Solar Investment Tax Credit that we have sought for 2 years (i.e. 8-yr extensions of commercial & residential credits including total monetary cap elimination – etc.). Once the Senate acts, all eyes will turn to the House.
We need your help in ensuring that the House will support and PASS the Senate package that will be approved tonight.
Please take action NOW to urge your Representative in the House to vote YES on the Senate Stabilization Bill once the House votes. The House vote will occur as early as tomorrow morning.
This is our LAST chance to pass the ITC. We need your help TODAY!
Without strong bi-partisan House support we cannot move the package along to the Presidents desk for signature.
Contact Congress NOW & tell them to extend the ITC by voting YES on the Senate stabilization bill.
To locate your Congress-persons phone number, go to http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt and type in your companys zip code. Alternatively, you can reach your Congress-persons offices through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121.
- Vote YES on the Senate passed Economic Stabilization Bill because it contains the solar tax credits.
- Not extending solar credits is a tax increase that will cost jobs and HURT our economy.
- Solar tax credits create jobs for carpenters, plumbers, electricians and expire at the end of this year. Without the credits the industry will lose 440,000 jobs and more than $230 billion in investments: “Economic Impacts of the Tax Credit Expiration” – http://seia.org/cs/news_detail?pressrelease.id=153
Time is running out. The House MUST accept the Senate stabilization bill that extends the solar tax credits.
Economic Impact of 8-year ITC: