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Saying that a long-term energy policy that includes investing in alternative fuel generation is critical to the future of our economy, Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith is working to make fuel cell technology more affordable for consumers.

"Instead of just thinking about the fossil fuel energy sources of the past, we need to use technology to find new sources of affordable energy to power our economy," Smith said. "Fuel cells can be an important part of an energy policy for the future."

Fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen into water, producing water, electricity and heat, but little or no pollution and noise. As with many new energy technologies, fuel cells are relatively expensive. Smith is co-sponsoring legislation to encourage fuel cell investment and use by giving businesses and consumers a $1,000 tax credit for every 1,000 kilowatts of fuel cell generation they purchase.

"We are delighted that Congressman Adam Smith is co-sponsoring this legislation, a key element in fostering the development of fuel cell technology, which offers a clean, efficient and reliable solution to our nation's growing energy needs," said Nu Element Inc. CEO Karen Fleckner. Nu Element Inc, is a Tacoma-based fuel cell technology developer. 

Smith remarked that fuel cell technology is just one piece of a much larger energy agenda. "We need temporary price caps to protect consumers and businesses from the spiraling costs of energy in the short-term," he said. "We also need to embrace technologies to promote conservation and more efficient use of energy, as well as investing in long-term sources of energy like fuel cells."

Smith also noted that the Pacific Northwest is home to several technologies that could play a role in a long-term energy strategy. He has toured local companies such as MagnaDrive, RamGen, and Thermal Conversion Corporation to learn more about the technologies under development.

"Making fuel cells more affordable for consumers and businesses is one small step," said Smith. "I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and with the White House in developing an energy policy for the future that will power our economy and protect our natural resources."

In an effort to remove the mystery surrounding procurement by the federal government, the largest buyer of goods and services in the world, Congressman Adam Smith will host an important conference entitled "Doing Business With America."

The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th, from 8:30am to 12:00pm in the Conference Room at the CenterPoint Corporate Park, 20415 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, and will focus on helping businesses of various sizes obtain government contacts and begin to establish long-term working relationships with different agencies within the federal government. 

"Working with the federal government, in the eyes of most small businesses, can be a virtual maze of red tape and impossible bureaucratic regulations," said Congressman Smith. "With this in mind, many businesses tend to forgo government contracts because of the perceived obstacles involved in the process." 

The conference will be an excellent opportunity for the business community and federal agencies to network with small, disadvantaged business suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors. More than 20 federal agencies, large-business prime contractors, and technical assistance providers have been invited, including the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, the General Services Administration, the Small Business Administration, Boeing, Microsoft, and more. 

To confirm your attendance, for directions to CenterPoint, or for questions about the conference, please contact Jeff Reading in Congressman Smith's district office by phone at 253-926-6683, or by email at Jeff.Reading@mail.house.gov.

Congressman Adam Smith is pleased to report that Joe M. Allbaugh, Director of FEMA, has announced that the deadline for individuals and business owners to register for federal and state disaster assistance has been extended one month. Anyone who suffered damage in the Nisqually Earthquake of February 28 now has until May 31 to register.

Disaster victims who need assistance can call the toll-free registration line at 1-800-462-9029 to register. Persons with speech or hearing impairments can call the TTY line at 1-800-462-7585. Those who have already applied can inquire about their applications by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) These lines are staffed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Applicants may qualify for assistance under several federal and state programs such as temporary disaster housing assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes or grants to meet disaster-related needs not covered by other programs. If you need assistance from our office please contact Liberty Laskowski at 253-926-6683.

As Congress prepares to vote next week on the Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Resolution, Congressman Adam Smith will host 9th district citizens in a forum on balancing the budget entitled DebtBusters. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Port of Tacoma conference room at the Tacoma World Trade Center, located at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road East.

Participants will be divided into small groups and given information on the federal government's budget and future projections. They will then face the daunting task of balancing the budget. Citizens will decide which programs to increase, freeze, or cut and whether or now we should raise, maintain, or cut taxes.

"One of my goals is to bring government closer to the people," explained Smith. "This exercise is a great way for constituents to learn more about the choices their representatives struggle with in Congress, and even more important, I will learn what their priorities and preferences are."

The DebtBusters programs is co-sponsored by the Concord Coalition, an organization dedicated to balancing the budget.

Press is encouraged to attend.

WHAT: DebtBusters Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2001 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: World Trade Center Building, Port of Tacoma Conference Room, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road East
CONTACT: Congressman Adam Smith's Tacoma Office at 253-926-6683

 

Congressman Adam Smith announced today his schedule for this spring's Town Hall meetings. Issues to be discussed include energy, tax cuts, education, health and others. Congressman Adam Smith appreciates the opportunity to engage in open dialogue with people who reside in his district, and he looks forward to these upcoming Town Hall meetings.

Saturday, April 21, 2001 - DuPont:
10:00-11:30am
State Farm Insurance Building
1000 Wilmington Drive, DuPont

Saturday, April 21, 2001 - Federal Way:
2:00-3:30pm
Federal Way Branch of King County Library
848 South 320th, Federal Way

Saturday, May 19, 2001 - Des Moines:
10:00-11:30am
Des Moines City Hall
21630 11th Avenue South, Des Moines

Saturday, May 19, 2001 - Puyallup:
2:00-3:30pm
Puyallup Senior Center
212 West Pioneer, Puyallup

Also, please note that on Tuesday, April 10, 2001, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Congressman Smith will host an Agricultural Advisory Council Meeting, located at the World Trade Center if Fife. If you are interested in participating, please contact Linda Danforth at (253) 926-6683.