For Immediate Release: December 1, 2010
Jeremy Stine, 202-367-2359
Window, Door and Skylight Executives Call on Congress to Extend Federal Tax Credit in Lame Duck Session
[Washington, DC]- A number of window, door and skylight executives today sent a joint letter to all members of Congress urging them to pass a temporary extension of the energy efficient tax credit for windows, doors and skylights during the current lame duck session. Without an extension, the tax credit will sunset on December 31.
The letter states that the current credit has spurred consumer purchases that have allowed the companies to retain or add back lost jobs during the recession, while successfully encouraging consumers to purchase more energy-efficient products.
"We constantly hear from manufacturers how critical these tax credits have been to weathering the housing recession. It has been demonstrated time and again how these tax credits have saved or created jobs while also allowing the consumer to lower their energy consumption with energy efficient products. Let's hope Congress not only hears them too, but actually acts on their reasonable request for a temporary extension that has proven its worth," said WDMA President Michael O'Brien.
Extension of the tax credits, passed as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), may be considered as part of a broader tax bill the could include extension of the Bush tax cuts and the extension of other tax credits.
To view the letter sent to all members of Congress, please click here.
Founded in 1927, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is the premier trade association representing the leading manufacturers of residential and commercial window, door and skylight products for the domestic and export markets. WDMA members are focused on Total Product Performance™ products that are designed and built to performance-based standards. The association is focused on key member needs in the areas of advocacy, product performance, education and information and facilitating business interactions and relationships in the fenestration eco-system. For more information, please visit www.wdma.com.