Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. I rise to oppose this amendment. I'm strongly in favor of a thriving domestic automotive industry, but I'm sure the gentleman knows I have also been critical of the slow pace with which the Department has implemented this program.
In the Homeland Security bill, we trimmed out $1.5 billion for this program, which has been sitting unused since 2009. We have put it toward flood assistance, where there was a true emergency purpose. But we left adequate funding to cover applications already in the pipeline. Cutting those off midstream would put at risk, I believe, thousands of jobs, and literally billions of dollars of private sector investment.
Understandably, I know where the gentleman is coming from, but I urge opposition to his amendment.
I yield back the balance of my time. [Page: H5009]