Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hypocrisy? Check the Roll Call

Blackburn on Nissan Announcement
Innovation And Jobs Have Home In Tennessee

Washington, Jun 23 - Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) welcomed the announcement from the Department of Energy of a $1.6 billion loan to Nissan for the production of electric cars and battery packs in Smyrna, Tennessee. Production of electric cars could mean 1,300 new jobs in Middle Tennessee.

Tennessee's Seventh District borders Smyrna and is home to Nissan’s U.S. headquarters as well as many Smyrna plant employees. Earlier this month Blackurn sponsored an amendment to the State Department Authorization bill designed to protect patent holders who are developing green technology. Tennessee is a national leader in patents for hybrid technology. Blackburn’s amendment passed overwhelmingly.

“Tennessee has always been a home for innovation. I am pleased that our spirit of innovation is being rewarded. Our community is on the technological edge of an energy revolution; one that will bring consumers lower prices and more choices as we move to energy independence.”

Some background on WHERE the $$$ is coming from (via Senator Bob Corker's website)...

These are the first conditional loan commitments reached as part of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program, also referred to as “Section 136” funding. Section 136, passed as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, provides loans to eligible auto manufacturers and component suppliers for reequipping, expanding, or establishing a manufacturing facility in the U.S. to produce advanced technology vehicles or parts for such vehicles.

...and courtesy of GovTrack...

House Vote On Passage: H.R. 6 [110th]:
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Yea: 264 (61%)
Nay: 163 (37%)

TN-7 Blackburn, Marsha [R] - Nay