Conservative Groups Push Against Renewable Energy Tax Extenders in FAA Bill

More than 30 conservative groups oppose the inclusion of renewable energy tax credit extensions in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), 34 conservative organizations including Americans for Prosperity and the American Energy Alliance, wrote that Congress already included renewable tax extenders in the omnibus spending bill and $1.4 billion in expiring renewable energy tax provisions being considered “are a distortion of the tax laws for special interests in the renewable energy industry”.

“Government subsidies, loans, mandates, and tax policies regarding renewables have consistently failed to deliver on their promises of long-term job creation and economic viability,” the groups wrote. “Americans deserve access to energy solutions that are affordable and reliable — ones that should be able to stand on their own in the marketplace.”

However, lawmakers say there’s really no fight on including extensions because tax breaks for fuel cells, biomass and geothermal were accidentally left out of the tax extender bill in December. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to include the extenders in the FAA bill and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is supportive of putting them in.

“No one intended to leave them out,” Schumer said in an interview. “It was not a fight, it was supposed to go in. And everyone agreed then, the leaders who were all putting together the bill, that we would try to do it in the FAA extender bill, because that was coming up, that’s a must-pass bill, it was March 31, these companies wouldn’t be out so much if it was just three months.”

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