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Hoyer expects action on reactor

http://www.somdnews.com/stories/05282010/rectop140417_32178.shtml

Optimistic about loan guarantees at tele-town hall

Friday, May 28, 2010

By JEFF NEWMAN

Staff writer

U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said during a telephone town hall Monday night that he believes federal action on a proposed third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby is imminent, a potential harbinger of loan guarantees Constellation Energy has said are imperative to the project’s viability.

The reactor was selected a year ago as one of four eligible for $18.5 billion in U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees, which serve as insurance for private investors.

In February, about $8 billion in federal loan guarantees was allocated for a new nuclear power plant in Georgia and $2 billion in guarantees were given last week to Areva, a French nuclear-power company and manufacturer of the proposed third reactor, for a uranium enrichment facility in Idaho. The Obama administration is trying to get another $9 billion for the loan guarantee program.

“I think we’re going to see some very positive” movements from the Obama administration in the next few weeks, Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) said, adding that the reactor’s construction, which is expected to create 4,000 jobs, will be very welcome in Southern Maryland. “I’m very supportive of that, and I think we absolutely have to move forward with that.”

The teleconference, the fifth held by Hoyer since 2007, allowed citizens to listen in and also submit questions to the congressman, who encouraged those who didn’t have their inquiries answered to either leave a message afterwards or send his office an e-mail. Hoyer also held a traditional town hall on health care last September.

“Our ongoing dialogue is critical to me and my ongoing representation of this district,” he said.

While the telephone town halls allow thousands to participate compared to the hundreds that may attend at a conventional venue, they have also drawn criticism for limiting personal interaction and allowing calls to be screened.

In opening remarks, Hoyer focused on the economy, particularly job creation and financial reform. Goals include cracking down on the “reckless behavior” of Wall Street banks, cutting long-term deficits, tax credits for companies that hire new workers, preventing foreign outsourcing of jobs, and, in wake of the BP oil spill, investing in clean energy. A proposed reform bill will protect consumers, hold big banks accountable and ensure taxpayers are not on the hook for risky business, making “‘too big to fail’ a thing of the past,” Hoyer said.

Closer to home, the congressman ensured a caller from Brandywine that improvements to the intersection of Route 301 and Route 5, which Hoyer passes through on the way to work, are a priority.

“We waste a lot of gas, a lot of time and a lot of frayed nerves at that intersection,” Hoyer said, adding that the project’s first phase has already begun and its second phase is awaiting funding.

In total, Hoyer fielded 11 calls from his district with topics ranging from prescription medications to immigration reform. While he understands why Arizona recently enacted a new law requiring immigrants to carry proof of legal residency, Hoyer also believes it may be misguided, explaining, “A lot of people worry about big government. A lot of people worry about a national ID card.”

The congressman even took a few moments to talk about football at the University of Maryland, his alma mater, with a caller from New Carrollton.

Hoyer told a concerned caller from Waldorf that there were no plans to cut her social security payments and another from Deale that Congress would consider this week a bill giving substantial assistance to states for Medicaid.

He voiced support for free enterprise, citing China’s movement towards free markets as evidence of communism’s failure and stated that “Investing in the education of our children is the most important investment we can make in the future of America.”

jnewman@somdnews.com

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