Broad, Bipartisan Bill Will Significantly Update American Energy Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act:

“The Republican-led Senate will have another opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation — legislation aimed at modernizing American energy policies.

“The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the result of more than a year’s worth of work by the Energy Committee Chair, Senator Murkowski, and Ranking Member Senator Cantwell.

“These Senators know it’s been nearly a decade since the Senate considered major energy legislation, so they worked to do something about it. They also know that good policy results from good process, as this bill demonstrates:

• It’s meant working through countless listening sessions and oversight hearings.
• It’s meant working through numerous amendment votes and debate hours.
• It’s meant working to move this bipartisan energy bill closer to final passage.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act aims to bring our energy policies in line with the demands of today and to position us to benefit from the energy opportunities of tomorrow.

“Here’s how it can help achieve that goal:

• It expands domestic supply and improves efficiency.
• It addresses aging infrastructure and enhances safeguards.
• It promotes accountability and cuts through needless red tape.

“This broad, bipartisan bill does all these things. It builds on technological progress in order to strengthen and sustain America’s energy advances. It protects our environment at the same time. And it does all this without raising taxes or adding a dime to the deficit.

“Here’s what that means for our country. It will help Americans save energy. It will help Americans produce more energy. It will help Americans pay less for energy.

“And, like the airport security legislation I mentioned earlier, the Energy Policy Modernization Act will help keep Americans safe. It includes provisions to bolster our national security by strengthening our cybersecurity defense mechanisms.

“This legislation will make significant strides for American energy policies, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the bill managers’ leadership and dedication. I thank them again for their diligence in advancing this critical legislation closer to passage.”

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