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Albio Sires

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Albio Sires

Sending Office: Honorable Albio Sires
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Jhostyn.Duval2@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support Funding for DOE’s Clean Cities Programs

Deadline: COB TODAY

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Dear Colleague:

I invite you to join Rep. A. Donald McEachin (VA) and I in writing to Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur and Ranking Member Mike Simpson requesting that they include report language providing at least $45 million to the Department
of Energy Vehicle Technology Office’s Clean Cities Program. The Clean Cities Program develops partnerships with local Clean Cities Coalitions to leverage federal assistance into financing the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles and greenhouse gas emissions
reduction projects, all to improve Americans’ quality of life. These coalitions partners can be private businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations.

Clean Cities Coalitions can be the backbone of green infrastructure development around the country – from helping municipalities transition to cleaner utility vehicles, to installing electric vehicle charging stations. Robust funding for this account will
help State and local governments continue the work of transitioning our nation away from aging and dirty transportation infrastructure.

That is why I believe we should support this important investment and hope you will join me in asking the Subcommittee to include the language in the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy & Water Appropriations bill. Deadline for sign-on is COB
Thursday, March 12. To sign on, please
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. If you have any questions, please contact Jhostyn Duval (Jhostyn.Duval2@mail.house.gov) or Corey Solow (Corey.Solow@mail.house.gov) in
Rep. McEachin’s office.

Sincerely,

Albio Sires & A. Donald McEachin

Members of Congress

 

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March XX, 2020

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur                                                           The Honorable Mike Simpson
Chairwoman                                                                                                           Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee on                           House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Energy and Water Development                                                    Energy and Water Development
2362-B Rayburn House Office Building                          2362-B Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515                                                                            Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairwoman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson:

We are writing to express our strong support for the Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office’s (VTO) Clean Cities Program. This program develops partnerships with local Clean Cities coalitions to leverage federal assistance into financing
the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles and greenhouse gas emissions reduction project, all to improve Americans’ quality of life. We believe this program is key to assisting State and local governments build the groundwork for national green infrastructure
– that is why we respectfully request that the Subcommittee include language in its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) report maintaining the previous fiscal years’ funding for VTO’s Outreach, Deployment, and Analysis account but providing at least $45,000,000 of that
funding for the Clean Cities Program.

Clean Cities Coalition partners can be private businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations. In New Jersey, for instance, the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition turned a 2009 grant award into
the first state-wide alternative fuel vehicle deployment program. By leveraging a $15 million grant into an additional $36 million in non-federal funds, the coalition helped transition over 300 diesel-burning garbage trucks and shuttle buses belonging to 15
public and private fleets to clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and installed 6 CNG fueling stations across the State. Aside from saving these entities money on old trucks’ maintenance, the project annually displaces 2 million gallons of petroleum
and prevents nearly 450 tons of pollutants from being released into our atmosphere.

Important projects like these are and can continue to be financed throughout the country, and we believe it is imperative that Congress increase funding for such an important account. That is why we request the inclusion of the following language into the
Vehicular Technologies section of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Account of the FY21 Energy & Water Appropriations Bill:

Within available funds, the Committee provides $66,300,000 for Outreach, Deployment, and Analysis. Within this amount, $45,000,000 is for deployment through the Clean Cities Program. The Department is encouraged to ensure balance
in the award of funds to achieve varied aims in fostering broader adoption of clean vehicles and installation of supporting infrastructure.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. We recognize that your Subcommittee faces many competing priorities for Fiscal Year 2021, but we believe that the VTO’s Clean Cities coalition program can play a vital role in our nation’s energy future.

 

Sincerely,

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