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Upton, Committee Advance More Than One Dozen Bills

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Washington, July 12, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in voting to advance more than one dozen bills. These bills now head to the House Floor for consideration. Among the bills considered was H.R. 1320, the Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Act. Within this bill was an amendment offered by Upton and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, that would help communities dealing with the closure of nuclear power plants.

Upton released the following statement upon the amendment’s adoption:  

“We are dealing with this issue right here in Southwest Michigan with the planned closure of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.

“Recent closures of nuclear plants impact local communities in many ways including a reduced tax base and loss of jobs. As more nuclear facilities reach the end of their licensed period of operations, these effects will be felt throughout the country.

“This straightforward, bipartisan amendment simply requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to submit to Congress a report identifying best practices for local communities to develop and operate local community advisory boards to deal with closures. I was proud to offer this amendment and hope to see the entire legislation considered on the House Floor soon.”

The Committee also advanced H.R. 5385, the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018, which was recently co-sponsored by Upton.

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