Electric vehicle recharging now to be provided at nation's capital under bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Dale F. Kildee.
Kildee's Electric Vehicle Charging Bill Wins Unanimous Approval
Got An Electric Car: Run for Congress and You'll Have a Place to Recharge
August 5, 2012
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(EDITOR'S COMMENT: Wonder of wonders; a Michigan representative has gotten Congress to agree on something -- and unanimously to boot.
By: Dave Rogers
The U.S. House and Senate unanimously approved Congressman Dale E. Kildee's (D-MI) bill last Thursday to establish battery recharging stations in parking areas of the House of Representatives.
Two years ago the legislation was blocked when the Architect of the Capitol cited budgetary restraints against installing the recharging stations. Rep. Kildee's bill provides for outside funding.
The legislation, H.R. 1402, will make electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt more accessible to consumers and incentivize their use at no cost to the taxpayer. The bill now goes to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said we can cut our oil dependence and deal with high gas prices with the following: 1. Improve fuel efficiency of new vehicles and 2. Deploy electric vehicles. The Secretary reiterated the President?s goal to put 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015, which energy experts say is a very achievable target.
"I am very pleased that the House and Senate unanimously approved my bill today to install electric vehicle recharging stations in the House of Representatives.
"My bill will not only encourage more House employees and members of Congress to switch to electric vehicles, but it will also reduce our dependence on foreign oil and promote the expansion of battery recharging stations across the country," said Congressman Dale E. Kildee.
Electric vehicles represent the future of the American automotive industry and their development and production are already making a significant impact on local communities in Michigan and in other states, said Rep. Kildee, who is not seeking re-election.
"However, our country needs to help promote the development of a nationwide recharging station infrastructure to help foster the growth and expansion of this cutting-edge technology," he said. "Our ultimate goal should be to make recharging stations as common place and accessible as gas stations are today."
H.R. 1402 will not cost taxpayers any money because the charging stations and the electricity will be paid for by the people who are using the stations.
The legislation authorizes the Architect of the Capitol to establish battery recharging stations for privately-owned vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives.
H.R. 1402 allows outside vendors to construct battery recharging stations and the Architect of the Capitol would charge fees to cover the costs associated with installing and maintaining the battery recharging stations.
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