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GOP Senator Blames Republicans for Delaying Energy-Efficiency Bill

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, criticized members of her own party for holding up bipartisan energy-efficiency legislation at an event Wednesday.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

photo of Clare Foran
October 2, 2013

Speaking at a forum on national energy policy hosted by Center Forward on Wednesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, criticized members of her own party for holding up bipartisan energy-efficiency legislation in the Senate last month, The Hill reports.

Murkowski blamed GOP senators for trying to add a host of unrelated amendments dealing with the Affordable Care Act to the bill. Democrats weren't spared, however, from her criticism, as Murkowski cast a critical eye on the entire Senate for failing to advance the legislation.

"We as a body need to be embarrassed about the fact that we cannot move an energy-efficiency bill across the floor of the United States Senate. That should trouble all of us," she said. Murkowski went on to call out high-ranking Democrat and Republican lawmakers by name, adding: "It should trouble Harry Reid, it should trouble Mitch McConnell. It should trouble David Vitter and Ted Cruz and the guys that had tried to hold it up."

 

Murkowski remained optimistic, however, that Congress can still find a way to pass the bill.

"If you can let some of the steam out, then maybe we have got some room to advance this energy-efficiency [bill] without the weight of all this extraneous stuff," she said.

Murkowski's comments come a day after the bill's sponsor, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she is planning to hold a meeting with Senate and House lawmakers this week to discuss a way forward.

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