TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce commends the House for its efforts to advance climate and energy innovation legislation, and specifically for bringing H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, to the floor for consideration. The Chamber believes the foundation of this bill presents a potentially historic opportunity to pass and have signed into law bipartisan legislation that will restore U.S. leadership in clean energy.
However, achievement of this goal requires the avoidance of contentious and extraneous issues that would undermine support and make enactment impossible. Unfortunately, as detailed below, we have growing concerns that certain provisions in the base bill and among the amendments made in order appear to do just that. Accordingly, we call on leadership of both parties to commit to addressing these provisions and building on areas of consensus that would allow important climate and energy innovation legislation to become law. Otherwise, H.R. 4447 will amount to another missed opportunity where much bipartisan agreement otherwise exists