House Adopts Stevens Vehicle Research and Development Amendment to H.R. 4447
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted Congresswoman Haley Stevens’ amendment to H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. H.R. 4447 is a package of bipartisan bills to put the United States on the path to achieve a clean energy future by making long-overdue reforms to U.S. energy policy and authorizing major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future.
Congresswoman Stevens’ amendment, which she introduced along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), would establish research and development programs focused on advanced vehicle technology, including the development of more efficient and sustainable materials and processes with the potential to substantially reduce emissions from passenger and commercial vehicles. The amendment also calls for interagency research in a number of areas including the cybersecurity of internet-connected automobiles, energy storage and battery technology, and remanufacturing.
The research and development programs would be spearheaded by the Department of Energy in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies as necessary.
“The United States created the automotive industry over a century ago, and has been a global leader in automotive technology ever since,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “We cannot afford to cede leadership in advanced automotive technology while other countries, like China, are making significant investments to develop and innovate in vehicle technology. Advances in electrification, alternative fuel, and connectivity technology will make vehicles safer, more efficient, and more affordable for consumers and their families. We owe it to our American workers to make sure that this next generation of vehicles is made right here.”
Congresswoman Stevens managed debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as several amendments to H.R. 4447 were being considered.
Click HERE to watch Congresswoman Stevens’ remarks on her amendment.
The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act includes programs to develop and deploy renewable and distributed energy resources; improve the efficiency of our homes and businesses; electrify our transportation sector; modernize the grid and enhance its resiliency; prioritize the needs of environmental justice communities; and reduce carbon pollution from industrial and traditional sources.