McConnell Urges Senate to Move Bipartisan Energy Legislation Forward
‘The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the product of a year’s worth of constructive and collaborative work… It’s unclear why any colleague would object…’
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 Energy Policy Modernization Act is the product of a year’s worth of constructive and collaborative work.
“In the Energy Committee, it passed overwhelmingly with the support of both parties.
“Here on the floor, it’s been subject to an open amendment process with input from both parties.
“More than 30 amendments from both Democrats and Republicans have been adopted already. The Senator from Alaska recently sought consent to continue that progress by getting several more amendments pending.
“It’s unclear why any colleague would object to her effort, or why they would effectively block consideration of their own amendments, but that’s what happened.
“It’s disappointing for our country. We’re hoping our friends will reconsider.
“The Energy Policy Modernization Act is broad, bipartisan legislation designed to help Americans produce more energy, pay less for energy, and save energy — all while helping strengthen our long-term national security.
“We should pass it.
“I’m asking colleagues to take ‘yes’ for an answer and allow the open amendment process to continue — so we can pass it, which is so important to helping our country prepare for the energy demands of today and the energy opportunities of tomorrow.”
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