Shaheen Fights to Recharge Energy-Efficiency Bill

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 27: NARAL Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) speaks at a luncheon to mark the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 27, 2009 in Washington, DC. The lunch, hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice America, was held to celebrate the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. 
National Journal
Dec. 17, 2013, 7:14 a.m.

With law­makers join­ing hands to pass a budget deal, could there be a push to ad­vance oth­er, less con­tro­ver­sial bi­par­tis­an bills?

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., the au­thor of an em­battled en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency bill, cer­tainly hopes so. 

“I’m op­tim­ist­ic that we can find a way for­ward,” Shaheen told Na­tion­al Journ­al in the Cap­it­ol on Tues­day, when asked about the status of the le­gis­la­tion.

Des­pite the fact that the meas­ure, which Shaheen co­sponsored with Sen. Rob Port­man, R-Ohio, has wide bi­par­tis­an sup­port, its pro­gress stalled in the fall when it be­came mired down in de­bate over the Af­ford­able Care Act and oth­er hot-but­ton is­sues un­re­lated to the le­gis­la­tion it­self. The bill con­tains in­cent­ives to speed ad­op­tion of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient tech­no­lo­gies in the com­mer­cial, res­id­en­tial, and in­dus­tri­al sec­tors as well as by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment.

Shaheen and Port­man, along with their staffers, have been work­ing be­hind the scenes for the past few months, however, to win enough votes to in­voke clo­ture in the Sen­ate to cut off de­bate when the le­gis­la­tion is re­in­tro­duced.

That work, Shaheen said, is on­go­ing.

“We’ve se­cured a num­ber of votes,” she said. “And we’re work­ing on se­cur­ing a few more.”

Shaheen said that while she does not yet know when the le­gis­la­tion might be taken up again by the full Sen­ate, she is hop­ing to make an an­nounce­ment with Port­man on the Sen­ate floor this week re­gard­ing the meas­ure.

A Sen­ate aide said the an­nounce­ment has not yet been sched­uled but that the sen­at­or is hop­ing to high­light the pro­gress that’s been made to ad­vance the bill so far and press for ac­tion on the le­gis­la­tion next year.

What We're Following See More »
BARR PLANS TO SEND CONGRESS A SUMMARY
Mueller Report Almost Done
1 hours ago
THE DETAILS

“Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller's confidential report. ... The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation. The precise timing of the announcement is subject to change. The scope and contours of what Barr will send to Congress remain unclear.”

IN UNANIMOUS DECISION
SCOTUS Limits State and Local Governments' Ability to Levy Fines
3 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The U.S. Supreme Court curbed the power of cities and states to levy fines and seize property, siding with a man trying to keep his Land Rover after he pleaded guilty to selling drugs. The unanimous ruling marks the first time the court has said that states and cities are bound by the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines, part of the Eighth Amendment."

Source:
AFTER U.S. WITHDRAWS FROM INF TREATY
Putin Threatens Arms Race
4 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington’s decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty."

Source:
MAY 26-28
Trump to Visit Japan
4 hours ago
THE LATEST
AVOIDS SHUTDOWN WITH A FEW HOURS TO SPARE
Trump Signs Border Deal
4 days ago
THE LATEST

"President Trump signed a sweeping spending bill Friday afternoon, averting another partial government shutdown. The action came after Trump had declared a national emergency in a move designed to circumvent Congress and build additional barriers at the southern border, where he said the United States faces 'an invasion of our country.'"

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login