Guam – Senator Chris Duenas is defending an amendment to his Bill #203 boosting the amount of rebates available to island residents from $25-thousand to $300-thousand for the purchase of electric cars. In response to criticism from Senator Ben Pangelinan, Duenas says he respects the Appropriations Chairman’s concerns, but he “respectfully”
disagrees with his conclusions.
Senator Duenas says his bill, as amended, “is not a ‘GOP budget priority’ as the good senator has stated” but a “leadership initiative that puts more money in the hands of our working families” and it also “addresses the rising cost of living, and incentivizes innovation.”
Duenas thanked his Republican and Democrat colleagues for supporting the bill and the amendment and he urges Senator Pangelinan “to reconsider his position as it hurts working families, and stands in the way of innovation.”
READ the release from Senator Duenas below:
Senator Duenas, “Bill helps working families and incentivizes innovation.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2014
Hagatna, Guam. Senator Chris Duenas responded to Senator Ben Pangelinan’s claim that Bill 203-32, as amended from $25,000 to $300,000, will affect the needs of several government agencies and programs such as the eradication of invasive species.
I respect the Appropriations Chairman’s concern, however I respectfully disagree with his conclusion. The initiative, and my most recent amendment, is not a ‘GOP budget priority’ as the good senator has stated. It’s a leadership initiative that puts more money in the hands of our working families, addresses the rising cost of living, and incentivizes innovation. In a nutshell, it’s common sense public policy and that’s why it has enjoyed bipartisan support,” Duenas said.
Senator Pangelinan expressed concern in a press release yesterday on Senator Duenas successful attempt in amending the appropriation for incentivizing electric vehicles upward from $25,000 to $300,000. Senator Duenas responded saying, “this is the original amount of funding that was earmarked in the bill I authored, it was cut to an irrelevant amount by the Appropriations Chair, so it should come as a no surprise that it is back to the amount originally proposed.”
“I want to thank my Republican and Democrat colleagues for supporting the bill and the amendment, they understand that this bill ultimately keeps more money in the pockets of working families,” Duenas said.
Duenas said, “I urge the Appropriations Chair to reconsider his position as it hurts working families, and stands in the way of innovation.”
If passed into law, the bill is anticipated to jumpstart the use of electric vehicles on Guam.