President Obama addressed the nation in the State of the Union address this evening. However, he didn’t mention the proposed Homestar, commonly known as Cash for Caulkers, program.
In Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address he stated his support for giving homeowners rebates for energy efficiency. Approximately four months later the House of Representatives passed their version of the Homestar bill.
In 2011 the polical climate is much different. The Democrats no longer have the majority in the House. Public pressure is on to reduce the deficit and Obama has responded by proposing a 5-year freeze on discretionary spending and by stating he’ll reject any bills that come to him with earmarks. Obama also called for investment in science, education, and infrastructure.
Obama’s only mention of energy was to set a new goal of having 80% of America’s electricity from clean energy sources by 2035.
With deep spending cuts on the horizon, a climate where earmarks will be challenged, no mention of Cash for Caulkers in the State of the Union, and Republicans ready to challenge the agenda put forth by the Democrats, it appears unlikely the Cash for Caulkers program will be discussed further anytime soon.