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Congress: McConnell past appeal for clean-energy projects

“It might have been a long shot anyway, but Monday’s forceful deficit reduction speech by President Barack Obama — including a veto threat — is contributing to pessimism among Republicans about the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction’s ability to address tax reform,” Roll Call writes. “Obama is ‘undermining the work’ of the panel, Co-Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the speech was ‘not leadership… The president has not made a serious contribution to’ the panel’s work.”

“On the Senate floor and the television airwaves, Senator Mitch McConnell has lambasted the Obama administration over what he has described as its failed efforts to stimulate new jobs through clean-energy projects backed with billions of dollars in federal loans or other assistance,” the New York Times writes. “But Mr. McConnell, of Kentucky, is one of several prominent Republicans who have worked to steer federal money to clean-energy projects in their homes states, Energy Department documents show. Mr. McConnell made two personal appeals in 2009, asking Energy Secretary Steven Chu to approve as much as $235 million in federal loans for a plant to build electric vehicles in Franklin, Ky.”