Huffman Votes for ‘Historic Legislation to Combat Climate Change, Lower Health Care Costs, Tackle Inflation’

This is a press release from the Office of Congressman Jared Huffman:

[On Friday], Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, a historic bill that includes unprecedented investments to lower costs for people across the U.S., combat climate change, and close tax loopholes to finally make wealthy corporations pay their fair share.

“From the start, I have pushed for an economic package that would advance the President’s full agenda and fulfill our promises to the American people. And this legislation will make good on some of the most important issues facing my constituents: lowering prescription drug and energy costs, extending health coverage for millions, acting on climate change while creating millions of jobs, and finally making corporations start to pay their fair share in taxes,” said Rep. Huffman. “This is by far the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken to combat climate change, but I know that this is by no means a ‘mission accomplished’ moment. There are still a lot of priorities that were left on the cutting room floor that I will keep advocating for, and we must get off the fossil fuel roller coaster that has been driving inflation and killing our planet once and for all.”

The Inflation Reduction Act contains key investments that Rep. Huffman has led on in his role on the House Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, including:

  • $3 billion to for the United States Postal Service to purchase electric vehicles and build charging and support infrastructure. It also includes $15 million to the USPS Inspector General for oversight of implementation of the Postal EV fleet. Rep. Huffman has advocated for electrifying the postal fleet since he first came to Congress through his Postal Vehicle Modernization Act.
  • Funding for National Forest System restoration and fuels reduction projects including $1.8 billion for hazardous fuels reduction projects; $200 million for vegetation management projects; and $50M for protecting and inventorying old growth forests. Rep. Huffman has supported a myriad of wildfire mitigation and prevention legislation, including the recently passed Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act.
  • A number of investments for Tribes, including $12.5 million for emergency drought relief; $225 million for the tribal high-efficiency electric home rebate program; $220 million for tribal climate resilience and adaptation programs; and $145.5 million for a tribal electrification program. Huffman has been a consistent advocate for tribes in his district. This congress, he introduced legislation to help tribes access funds for water resilient infrastructure.
  • Provides $2.6 billion to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to fund coastal states for the conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats and resources, including fisheries. As Chair of the Water Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee and co-chair of the National Marine Sanctuaries Caucus and California Coastal Caucus, Rep. Huffman has championed coastal conservation and restoration through multiple legislative actions, including his recent bicameral Coastal Habitat Conservation Act of 2021.

The bill also includes important provisions addressing:

Health Care

  • Allows Medicare to Negotiate Drug Prices: The bill will lower prices on the most expensive drugs for seniors and others enrolled in Medicare. The bill also caps the monthly out-of-pocket cost for insulin to $35 for those with Medicare coverage.
  • Extends American Rescue Plan Tax Credits for Health Insurance through 2025: This will protect affordable insurance for approximately 13 million people and prevent 3 million people from losing their health insurance altogether.
  • Medicare Part D $2,000 Out-of-Pocket Cap: It protects seniors from Big Pharma price gouging by capping Medicare out-of-pocket costs at $2,000 per year, with the option to break that amount into affordable monthly payments and provides seniors with free vaccines.

Energy

  • Domestic Clean Energy and Transportation Technology Manufacturing: Includes over $60 billion for clean energy manufacturing in the U.S. across the full supply clean energy and transportation technologies supply chain.
  • Clean Energy Tax Credits: Extends the full value of tax incentives for solar, wind, and other clean energy technologies to projects that meet certain labor requirements.  Includes a tax credit for energy storage, hydrogen, and existing nuclear, and increases the value of the carbon capture (45Q) tax credit.
  • Home Energy Performance-Based Whole House Rebates: $4.3 billion over ten years to state energy offices to develop and implement a HOMES rebate program to significantly reduce home energy bills.
  • High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Program: $4.3 billion over ten years to state energy offices to provide families rebates for efficient appliance upgrades, weatherization, and other retrofits.
  • State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants: $200 million for grants to states to develop and implement programs to train contractors to install home energy efficiency and electrification improvements.
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: Establishes a $27 billion program to provide grants, loans, and other forms of assistance to support deployment of zero-emission technologies.  Of this, $7 billion will be dedicated to supporting state green banks.
  • Improving Energy Efficiency or Water Efficiency or Climate Resilience of Affordable Housing: $837.5 million to make affordable housing more efficient and resilient.
  • Offshore Wind: Directs the Department of the Interior (DOI) to hold offshore wind lease sales in federal waters around American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Transportation

  • Electric Vehicle Tax Credit and alternative fuel vehicle refueling property: A tax credit worth up to $7,500 for buyers of new all-electric cars and hybrid plug-ins would be extended through 2032. The bill would also create a separate tax credit worth a maximum $4,000 for used versions of these vehicles. It also provides up to $100,000 for each charging station or refueling pump installed.
  • Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles: $1 billion over ten years to eligible recipients and contractors for heavy-duty zero emission vehicles, including school buses.
  • Grants to Reduce Air Pollution at Ports: $3 billion over five years for a competitive grant and rebate program to support installation of zero-emission equipment or technology at ports.
  • Low-Carbon Transportation Materials Grants: $2 billion over five years to the Federal Highway Administration to reimburse the cost difference between low-embodied carbon materials and traditional materials used in highway construction projects.
  • Neighborhood Access and Equity Grants: $1.9 billion over five years for a competitive grant program at Federal Highway Administration to improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access.

Progressive Tax Reforms

  • 15% Domestic Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax:  For years, many giant corporations have gotten away with paying nothing in taxes, leaving small businesses and working families to pick up the tab.  This is a major step forward in combating corporate tax dodging and will help level the playing field for businesses large and small that pay full freight.
  • IRS Funding: After years of Republican budget cuts, this bill provides $80 billion of mandatory IRS funding, which will allow the agency to crack down on wealthy tax cheats, provide better service to those who pay what they owe, and reduce the deficit by roughly $400 billion.
  • Excise Tax on Stock Buybacks:  Too many large corporations have plowed record profits into stock buybacks, enriching wealthy shareholders and their CEOs instead of investing in their workers or growing their businesses.  The bill imposes a 1 percent annual excise tax on the value of stock repurchases by publicly traded corporations.

Environment and Environmental Justice

  • NOAA Funding: $320 million for the construction of new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facilities, more efficient permitting processes, and research improvements.
  • Air Quality Monitoring: $235.5 million for state air quality monitoring and pollution control programs.
  • Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants: $3 billion for grants and technical assistance to community-based organizations for projects to monitor and mitigate air pollution and climate change.
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Lone Ranger
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Lone Ranger
1 month ago

How about lower taxes? Just more taxes I see. How much you get in kickbacks a year Huffman?

Two Dogs
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Two Dogs
1 month ago
Reply to  Lone Ranger

You do realize this guy is mad!? Probably over temped in Nancy’s hot tub.

I like stars
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I like stars
1 month ago
Reply to  Lone Ranger

Well, we know the Big Guy gets 10%, 49% is customarily spent on feasibility studies along with associated meetings and reports, and 3% goes toward actual projects that can be used to justify the whole thing. That leaves only 38% to be divided as grift among the many like Huffie who need a slice. I’m sure each share is small percentage wise, but the pie is huge so there is plenty to go around.

Smoky OG again
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Smoky OG again
1 month ago
Reply to  I like stars

Except you’re just making numbers and shit up so easily ignored.
This bill is going to create a Lot of construction jobs and a lot of science jobs a lot of forestry jobs and its going to save old people on medicare $$$100’s every month for insulin and other meds.
Plus tax the frigging stock buy backs finally!
Tax the rich corps who buy back their own stock is the start of increasing revenues so income taxes on low wage earners( less than $60k) can be lowered or eliminated.
Its like the gruesome old lawyer joke…
What do you call a bus full of lawyers driving off a 300 foot cliff?
A good start!

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
1 month ago
Reply to  Smoky OG again

The bill is going to create no forestry jobs at all, not one, or anything else besides jobs for more dipwads who do nothing all day and occupy government space. What it will do is unleash 87,000 new IRS agents on all the black market growers in Humboldt. This is true justice after all these years because nobody should ride for free on service workers backs or any other legal taxpayers daily toils. I would be very worried all you Biden voters in Humboldt, hope you used Arm And Hammer while washing versus spraying patchouli to mask the smell. Good luck because Biden doesn’t care, he thinks you screwed him out of paying your fair share. Ask him. He will tell you to pay up!

Lone Ranger
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Lone Ranger
1 month ago
Reply to  Smoky OG again

It’s going to lower drug prices , keep America on pills so they don’t realize how bad their getting taxed.

North westCertain license plate out of thousands c
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North westCertain license plate out of thousands c
1 month ago
Reply to  Lone Ranger

Insulin saves lives.
What planet are you from?
Please go back

Guest
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Guest
1 month ago

Insulin might save lives, but you have to be able to afford to eat something afterwards, or it could kill you…

Biden’s not making that eating afterwards thing any more affordable, actually it’s getting further and further out of reach for more and more people…

Lone Ranger
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Lone Ranger
1 month ago

You could only find one drug out of thousands, crack me up. Keep the drugs coming, the other thousands of drugs besides insulin do the body good.

Guest
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Guest
1 month ago
Reply to  Smoky OG again

You do realize that taxing the buybacks at 1%, is a complete joke, right?

One penny from every dollar?

That ain’t shit.

Biden is just picking their nose and eating the booger.

Biden is a booger eater.

Watch as inflation doubles after the Inflation Reduction Act.

It’s an act all right…

That’s all it is…

I like stars
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I like stars
1 month ago
Reply to  Smoky OG again

You’re mostly, but not entirely, right about me making up those numbers. The first one, however, is not made up. The Big Guy gets 10%. If you don’t believe it, check with Tony Bobulinski or just ask Hunter (if he’s not all hopped up on parmesan).

Vet
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Vet
1 month ago

Thank you sir

Pharmstheproblem
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Pharmstheproblem
1 month ago
Reply to  Vet

For what?

Lone Ranger
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Lone Ranger
1 month ago

Someone getting a hand out, I prefer working for my money.

Nooo
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Nooo
1 month ago

Wow! Congressman votes! News at 11…

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
1 month ago

Paperbag huffer, the Marin county attorney who has no business representing Humboldt and Del Norte counties except for the strange worm district slinking up a narrow coastal band drawn up by the demons. This was done to lock out true representation by locals for locals. Why Humboldt puts up with this is beyond reason. Marin is a place of affluent progressive snobs, always has been and always will be. Gold paint works best paperbag loser.

lol
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lol
1 month ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

The only other option we are offer is far far worse, which would be being lumped in with extreme conservatives to the east, who in no way align with the majority in Humboldt county.

JustWantToHearTheEndOfTheStory
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JustWantToHearTheEndOfTheStory
1 month ago

Huffman votes as Nancy tells him to. Just get in line, march off a cliff together, the DNC way!

Jeffersonian
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Jeffersonian
1 month ago

What else would you expect from this squad supporting leftwing sissy.

Dave Kirby
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Dave Kirby
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeffersonian

Most of the marching these days is being done by the followers of the king of mar a lardo.

old guy
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old guy
1 month ago

there is no inflation according to brandon, spend the u.s. into oblivion jared.

Lone Ranger
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Lone Ranger
1 month ago
Reply to  old guy

What inflation, 7 dollar fuel is normal, Obama got us to 5.50 a gallon. All in the name of more money in politicians pockets. The last 2 democrats have been horrible financially for the middle class,just down right rotten. I thought the democrats were for the working man? They have ripped this working man off, and now ole Joe wants 87000 more government officials crawling up our arses, lets start them off with auditing all politicians. Crack me up.

In my 1911 I trust
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In my 1911 I trust
1 month ago

So how does printing more money, spending more money, and raising taxes fight inflation? That’s exactly what got us into this mess in the first place.

Pretty sure keeping on digging till you pop out the other side of a problem hasn’t ever worked, neither has wishful thinking.

Taxing and allocating money for emission reductions won’t fix a dang thing. Where is the money being allocated for a massive state sponsored garbage cleanup? We’re going to drown in trash long before carbon dioxide gets us. I’m going to end up homeless and starve to death in another 6 months anyway if inflation keeps going the way it is.

Honestly I don’t give a damn about the environment at this point. I need to be able to put gas in my truck so I can go to work! I need to get to work to buy food and every single paycheck I get a lot less food and a lot less gas! I guess I just need to buy an $80,000 Tesla and go eat some cake! FJB! Let’s go Brandon!

Last edited 1 month ago by In my 1911 I trust
Country Joe
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Country Joe
1 month ago

This bill will cause higher inflation as the middle class gets screwed.

Prometheus
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Prometheus
1 month ago

This bill wasn’t supported by republicans because it full of pork for personal projects and the hiring of 87,000 new IRS gestapo agents…We should hire 87,000 police officers to protect our schools.
This bill wasn’t supported by republicans because it’s full of pork for the democrats personal spending projects and the hiring of 87,000 new IRS gestapo agents…We should hire 87,000 police officers to protect our schools and to hell with the IRS.

Last edited 1 month ago by Country Joe
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Guest
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1 month ago
Reply to  Prometheus

If the current bureaucracy isn’t cutting it, then hiring another 87,000 of them damn sure isn’t going to solve anything.

North westCertain license plate out of thousands c
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North westCertain license plate out of thousands c
1 month ago
Reply to  Guest

Tax cheats, beware!
It’s simple. Cheat on your taxes and go to jail.
Simply wonderful for those of us that pay our fare share.

Lone Ranger
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Lone Ranger
1 month ago

They will find where you interpreted the tax law wrong, don’t worry. Get ready for a 30 dollar oversight with a 1500.00 penalty , crack me up. Suck it up and pay the man 1530 bucks cause your politician needs it. It’s all fun til it’s you.

HotCoffee
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HotCoffee
1 month ago

Trick or treat came early this year.

guest`
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guest`
1 month ago

How about introducing a bill to put a stop to childhood gender transition in California? They can’t consent to sex, vote, or work so how can they consent to chemical castration drugs (puberty blockers) and surgeries?

Frank Pembleton
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Frank Pembleton
1 month ago

Yes, by all means preserve this documentation of Huffman’s complicity in the crashing of this once-great country. History will not be kind to the “progressives”. At the same time the socialists are passing this farce, the dementia patient in charge is crowing about zero inflation. This has more environmental spending than anything to actually help working taxpayers and the economy. Lies. They always lie.