House Republicans are broadening attacks against White House energy programs by targeting grants for renewable electricity projects issued under the 2009 stimulus law, alleging the administration isn’t backing up its job-creation claims.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday bashed the administration for failing to respond thus far to letters from Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans seeking information about the program.
In particular, the recent letters to the Treasury and Energy Departments seek more information on Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s claim that the grants have created tens of thousands of jobs.
“More than $10 billion – that’s with a ‘b’ – $10 billion has been spent on this, and Secretary Chu said it created ‘tens of thousands of jobs,’ except there’s no evidence to support that,” Boehner said in a statement.“Listen, the American people continue to ask the question ‘Where are the jobs?’ They deserve answers and they deserve the truth,” he said.
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