(A-Power story updated for comments from A-Power's U.S. partner)WASHINGTON D.C. and LIAONING, China ( TheStreet) -- Legislation was introduced by a cadre of Democratic senators on Wednesday that could spell trouble for the huge wind-farm project that A-Power Energy Generation Systems ( APWR) has been touting since last year as one of its most important business wins. With U.S. unemployment still at a historical high, the pressure has been mounting for stimulus packages from the federal government to be tied directly to job growth in the U.S. What's more, the alternative energy space has come under particular fire as more and more U.S. green energy companies move manufacturing overseas, taking middle-class jobs with them and leaving only low-paying installation jobs available here in the U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a member of the Democratic leadership, and three other senators, not only introduced the legislation to tie green energy projects to U.S. job growth, but asked the Obama administration to suspend payments from a fund designed to encourage alternative energy projects until Congress comes to a consensus on the contentious issue. The wind farm in West Texas for which A-Power is supplying the turbines is slated to receive $450 million in stimulus money. Schumer singled out the West Texas project, noting that it employed 3,000 Chinese workers to build the turbines, but only 300 Americans to install them. Senator Schumer has made the West Texas wind farm a personal battering ram since last November, when he first requested that the Obama administration cut off funding to the project. "It just makes your blood boil," New York State senator Schumer was quoted as saying at a press conference announcing the effort.
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