Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo is reaching across the aisle to co-sponsor a new "green" jobs bill with Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland.
The measure promises to create up to 40,000 green construction jobs nationwide. The legislation includes a package of tax incentives to make roofs of existing commercial buildings more energy-efficient and would significantly reduce the depreciation schedule to speed up retrofitting.
Cardin said the bill has support from the National Roofing Contractors Association and the United Union of Roofers.
Crapo and Cardin are members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee.