This morning, I went to a good breakfast meet and greet with Congressman Van Hollen. Van Hollen is a member of the House Democratic leadership (assistant to the Speaker and head of the Democratic Campaign arm). On behalf of AHAM, I thanked him for his help and leadership with the inclusion of $300 million in the stimulus for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. Although we know of and appreciate the Administration's work to get this funding to the states, it is time to cross the finish line and deliver the needed funding to the states. The sooner the states receive the funding, the sooner new ENERGY STAR appliance owners will receive a significant rebate on the purchase cost. Congressman Van Hollen appreciated the update and expressed an interest in helping to ensure the stimulus' implementation is successful. He spoke of the need to balance the implementation so that there is a robust program with appropriate speed. Van Hollen made a note to look into the rebate funding further.