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Latta Statement on Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 5019

 WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made the following statement after the Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit bill, passed yesterday. Congressman Latta spoke in support of the Motion to Recommit with House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX).

“Throughout debate of the Home Star bill, both in committee and floor proceedings, I raised serious concerns that this bill, with a total price tag of over $6 billion, is not paid for. Simply put, we as a nation cannot afford to add another $6 billion to our national deficit. Current projections put our national deficit for this fiscal year at over $1 trillion, in addition to our current national debt of over $12 trillion. By 2020, under current spending levels, our nation will face a national debt of over $20 trillion, with $2 billion in interest payments per day alone.

Even though my concerns regarding the spending within this bill were addressed in the Motion to Recommit, I was not able to support final passage of this bill because it creates a new government program.”

The Motion to Recommit, which sent H.R. 5019 back to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, included language Congressman Latta submitted through an amendment which sunsets the Act if the legislation will have a negative net effect on the Federal budget deficit.

Yesterday, Congressman Latta spoke during floor proceedings on H.R. 5019. Video of those remarks can be found here.

BACKGROUND- On May 5th, Congressman Latta offered an amendment during the House Rules Committee proceedings on the Home Star bill that would prohibit the bill from being enacted if the bill has a negative effect on the national deficit. The amendment was rejected by the Rules Committee on a party-line vote. Congressman Latta’s statement on the amendment can be found here.