Why the Trump administration may not be able to save Trump-era home insulation subsidies
The federal government may have a problem with one of the main sources of federal insulation funding, but it appears to have other problems as well.
The Trump administration is considering a plan to stop the subsidy, but a House Democrat is warning the administration may be in for a rough time.
House Democrats are urging the Trump White House to immediately reverse its decision to end the federal subsidy, which provides funding for insulation that helps protect against the worst heat waves.
The program helps households that don’t own homes that have a roof, and it helps many other homeowners who can’t afford to own their own.
In a statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “This is a decision that will impact millions of families across America.”
House Republicans have not released their plan yet, but their own panel of experts are also urging the administration to reverse its move.
“The administration should immediately reverse this decision, stop subsidizing the purchase of the best-in-class house insulation that is already widely available, and provide an end-to-end certification program to help consumers find and qualify for these affordable, high-quality insulation products,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Trump, a former real estate developer and reality TV star, announced his intention to end insulation subsidies at a White House ceremony Tuesday.
He said the federal government should end the subsidy and help families afford their home.
The government’s subsidy for the purchase and installation of house insulation has been under fire for years, but Republicans and Democrats have been locked in an increasingly bitter debate over the program’s future.
The House and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committees are currently holding hearings on the Trump plan.
It’s unclear if the Senate panel will adopt the House panel’s plan, or a compromise version that the White House will unveil.
The administration could also find it difficult to get its plan through Congress.
The Senate Interior Committee, which is controlled by Democrats, has already passed an amendment that would halt the subsidies.
But Senate Democrats haven’t been able to pass the measure through the Senate Appropriations Committee.
House Republicans have also been stymied by the fact that it’s not on the House’s appropriations bill, which only goes to the Senate floor for a final vote.