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September 2007

House passes Green Jobs Act of 2007

The United States House of Representative approved the Green Jobs Act of 2007, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA) to help train American workers for jobs in the renewable energy and energy-efficiency industries.

The bill was passed as part of H.R. 3221, the New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act.

The Green Jobs Act (H.R. 2847) authorizes up to $125 million in funding to establish job training programs, administered by the United States Department of Labor, to help address job shortages that are impairing growth in green industries, such as energy efficient buildings and construction, renewable electric power, energy efficient vehicles, and biofuels development.

It also helps to identify and track the jobs and skills to grow the renewable energy industries. This effort would link research and development in the green industry to job standards and training curricula.

The Senate-passed version, introduced by Sens. Sanders (I-VT) and Clinton (D-NY), of the energy bill (H.R. 6) includes language similar to the Green Jobs Act. A conference committee will meet to work out differences between the House and Senate passed versions of the energy bill.

To be enacted into law, the final version of the energy bill must be approved by the House and Senate and signed by the President.