Congresswoman Escobar Votes for the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act
This job-creating, bipartisan package includes Congresswoman Escobar’s amendment to expand opportunities in solar energy research and development to minority-serving institutions like UTEP
Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) voted to pass H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. This job-creating legislation launches the research and development needed to unleash a clean energy revolution, makes a down-payment in modernizing American’s energy innovation infrastructure and puts our country on the path to achieving net-zero pollution by 2050.
This bipartisan legislation includes an amendment offered by Congresswoman Escobar to expand opportunities to invest in solar energy research and development. The amendment requires the Department of Energy to give special consideration to minority-serving institutions, or multi-institutional consortiums including a minority-serving institution, when considering solar energy research and development applications for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
“I proudly joined my colleagues to pass the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act to bring our country into a new era of innovation and take a monumental step forward to tackle the climate crisis,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “I’m glad that my amendment to create new opportunities to expand solar energy research and development conducted by institutions like UTEP was included in this legislation that will transform our energy systems and create new jobs in El Paso and across our country.”
The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act makes long-overdue reforms to energy policy and authorized major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. In addition to Congresswoman Escobar’s amendment, this legislation: