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H.R. 8359 (116th): PTC Elimination Act

About the bill

It’s been extended 12 times since its creation, but is 13 truly the unlucky number?


The federal renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) was originally created in 1992 and scheduled to expire in 1999. Yet Congress renewed it then and has since renewed it 12 times — under Democratic control, split control, and Republican control alike. It has financially helped certain sectors of renewable energy, particularly wind.

2015’s Consolidated Appropriations Act scheduled a three-year phaseout of the PTC, passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by Democratic President Barack Obama. Under the plan, the PTC would continue unabated in 2016, then be reduced by 20 percent in 2017, 40 percent in 2018, 60 percent in 2019, and then eliminated entirely in 2020.

However, before that phaseout …

Sponsor and status

Kenny Marchant

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 24th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Length: 3 pages
Sep 23, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 23, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


7 Cosponsors (7 Republicans)



Sep 23, 2020

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H.R. 8359 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8359. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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