GOP Senator Blames Republicans for Delaying Energy-Efficiency Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (R) questions witnesses during a hearing about the recent events at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex with committee Chairman Jeff Bignaman (D-NM) March 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. The reactor was badly damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and Japanese officials are working to regain control of the disaster as problems continue cascade.
National Journal
Clare Foran
Oct. 2, 2013, 8:09 a.m.

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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