Monday, February 17, 2020

House advances three energy legislation modernization bills

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
The House of Representatives recently advanced three bipartisan energy bills from the Energy and Commerce Committee that collectively work toward the committee’s goal of modernizing energy legislation.

“These three bipartisan bills are good for jobs, good for the economy, and good for consumers,” U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, said. “I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their work in advancing these common sense bills.”

H.R. 4238 focuses on the language of past laws, updating the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act to remove insensitive terms used to refer to minorities. The EPS Improvement Act, H.R. 4444, will block some Department of Energy regulations on select lighting and ceiling fan technologies. Finally, H.R. 4538 will update the federal energy job training programs so that future efforts will better include women and minorities.

“Each of these thoughtful bills will make a difference to advance our efforts to update our nation’s energy laws for the 21st century,” U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, said. “They are a testament to the hard working members of the committee and further advance our proud bipartisan record of success.”

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