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April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016 | News Releases on

Stripping of Energy Tax Breaks From FAA Bill Reflects Heritage Foundation Work

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2016 — For years, The Heritage Foundation has recommended that Congress prohibit new energy subsidies that stifle competition, raise energy prices, and decrease economic opportunities.  Finally, last week, the Senate shifted from the way it usually operates and dropped plans to include energy tax breaks in legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Any time we stop politicians from doling out taxpayer dollars to special interests, it's a nice victory,” said Nick Loris, Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan research fellow in energy and environmental policy.

Loris and a team of other Heritage experts have been identifying ways that the government subsidizes energy as well as educating Capitol Hill through research papers, congressional briefings, blog posts, commentaries and op-eds, and media interviews.

Backing from sister organization Heritage Action for America, the lobbying arm of The Heritage Foundation, and coverage by The Daily Signal, Heritage’s multimedia news organization, helped Heritage experts push their message on energy subsidies further and get the attention of members  of Congress.

Heritage’s recommendations to repeal old, targeted energy tax breaks and prevent new ones actually was turned into legislation by lawmakers in the 2013 Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act.

The Senate’s  move last week to strip out the energy subsidies from the FAA reauthorization bill proves the steady drum beat from Heritage against Washington’s spending spree is changing the conversation, Loris  said.

But Loris says more work is ahead.

 “When the federal government gives preferential treatment, it's like feeding a stray cat,” he said. “They're not going away, they'll be back asking for more again and again. So we will continue—not only to stop these energy subsidies from slipping into another bill but also to remove all of the existing handouts.”

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