An energy tax credit is receiving bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, Rep. Tom Reed said Tuesday.
"I'm excited about the stakeholders that are jumping on board with supporting this credit," Reed said during a media call with reporters. "This has been a multi-year approach."
The Energy Sector Innovation Tax Credit Act, the bill that would provide the credit, was introduced last week by Reed, a Republican who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, and Democratic Reps. Tom Suozzi of New York and James Panetta of California.
Reed said the tax credit aims to encourage investment in new, clean energy storage technology and cleaner energy sources, including wind, solar and nuclear.
The bill, Reed noted, is an alternative to the Green New Deal, a proposal to address climate change, introduced by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts in 2019.
"You can have all the standards in the world, but if you don't have the technology and innovation to achieve those standards, you have created a tremendous amount of false security," Reed said.
Early in the conversation, Reed said he and Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel Jr. have been working "hand-in-hand," reaching out to Truck-Lite, a truck parts manufacturing company, to convince them not to shut down the Falconer plant by the end of 2020.
Other topics Reed discussed included the recent New York State Bail Elimination Act of 2019; the upcoming sentencing of former Rep. Chris Collins; a town eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance from its monthly meetings, and a village competing on a TV show for a $500,000 award.
Reed believes the bail law, which prohibit judges from sending some defendants to jail or requesting bail from them, will "put our community at risk." He said that his office has received a "tremendous amount" of negative feedback concerning it.
"I'm deeply concerned by this," Reed said.
Collins, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to insider trading charges, has done positive work that should be "brought to the light," Reed said. However, he also feels Collins still needs to be held accountable, noting, "Justice needs to be done."
Reed said he does not support the decision by the Town Board of Enfield, a Tompkins County municipality, to no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of its monthly meetings.
"When it comes to saying 'I pledge allegiance to the flag,' I am proud to stand and cover my heart," Reed said. "I support having the Pledge of Allegiance as part of any public assembly held by the town board and local governments."
And Reed urged people to cast their votes for the Village of Fredonia, which made the top five on the Hulu and Amazon Prime program "Small Business Revolution" on Tuesday.
"I encourage everyone to vote, vote, vote!" Reed said. "We have to push them over the top."
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