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In March, Senator Merkley (D-OR) introduced S 3079 (Building STAR Energy Efficiency Act of 2010). Five other Democrats joined him as original cosponsors. As of press time, Representative Welch (D-VT) is expected to introduce the companion bill in the House; S 3079 would authorize a two-year, $6 billion program. The program would provide rebates for energy-efficiency retrofits to existing buildings and create a loan program to make grants to states to support financial assistance provided by qualified program delivery entities for making energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. However, passage of this legislation will be an uphill battle. After billions and billions have been appropriated in stimulus and bailout measures, it seems that Congress is realizing it needs to put on the brakes on spending.