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Trump Withholding $823 Million for Clean Energy, Democrats Say

  • Unspent funds earmarked for electric cars, energy efficiency
  • Energy Department vows to spend funding at House hearing
Donald Trump 

Donald Trump 

Photographer: Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/Bloomberg

The Trump administration is withholding nearly a billion dollars for a clean energy program it has unsuccessfully tried to cut, congressional Democrats said Wednesday, raising the specter of political interference.

The unspent funds now amount to $823 million in the Energy Department’s office that provides grants and other financial assistance for alternative energy, electric vehicles and energy efficiency, according to Democrats on the House Science Committee, which is holding a joint subcommittee hearing on the topic.