WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the agreement to add climate provisions to the FY2022 Budget Reconciliation legislation:
"We've secured a path forward to fight inflation, lower energy costs, invest in clean energy, and reduce carbon emissions. In addition to lowering prescription drug prices and increasing access to health care through the Affordable Care Act, this bill will represent the single biggest climate investment in U.S. history.
"Among the provisions to lower energy prices, I'm pleased we secured a new rebate program that mirrors my Zero-Emission Homes Act to help families with the upfront costs of installing clean and efficient electric home appliances like air-source heat pumps. This will go a long way in making the economic, environmental, and health benefits of home electrification more affordable and accessible.
"There is certainly more to do and say, but I am proud to go home to New Mexico knowing we have fought successfully for the future our kids deserve."