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Upton, Committee Advance Key Energy Legislation

Washington, September 30, 2015 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202 225 3761/269-385-0039)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined by his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, advanced key energy legislation to the House floor. H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act was approved by the full committee by a bipartisan vote of 32- 20. Today’s vote marks another important milestone in the multi-year, multi-Congress effort to modernize the nation’s energy laws.

“Today’s vote that says ‘yes to energy’ marks an important milestone as we work to update our laws for a new era of energy abundance,” said Upton. “We have prioritized creating jobs and improving our infrastructure to ensure affordable energy continues to flow to folks in Michigan and across the country. America has the resources to become an energy superpower. All we need are the right 21st century laws to fulfill our promise. We will continue working toward building a bipartisan consensus as our goal remains getting something to the president’s desk that will be signed into law. We are on to the floor.”

Over the past year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has conducted a number of legislative hearings, received testimony from a number of governmental witnesses, including the Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and heard from dozens of private sector organizations. H.R. 8 is the product of feedback and good-faith negotiations that fortifies America’s energy security by reinvesting in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and by hardening and modernizing energy infrastructure to withstand 21st century threats like cyber, severe weather, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks. The legislation will also help the United States to benefit by streamlining the approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and by providing coordination on energy diplomacy issues with our North American neighbors. H.R. 8 also includes energy efficiency provisions.

To view letters of support for H.R. 8, please click here.

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