U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack of Iowaâ??s 2nd Congressional District went before the House of Representatives Wednesday, pushing for Congress to pass the wind energy production credit.
Loebsack, along with a group of other lawmakers took to the house floor, urging Speaker Boehner to bring up and pass legislation to extend the production credit; saying that Congress is messing with peopleâ??s jobs.
â??Iowa is the second largest producer of wind energy in the country. Wind manufacturing involves about 200 companies and about 6000 good paying jobs for Iowans. Congress should not play games with peopleâ??s jobs and pull the rug out from an industry employing thousands in the middle of an economic downturn. The wind credit is also critical for wind production and job creation. Congress must extend the wind credit now, before more jobs are lost, especially at this time with unemployment and economic downturn, which some are still suffering from,â?? said Loebsack.
The wind energy tax credit has received bipartisan support from those in Iowaâ??s delegation.
If not passed, more companies in Iowa could lay off workers, like Siemens did in Fort Madison due to uncertainty in the industry.