Stalled Shaheen-Portman Efficiency Bill Might Be Split to See Movement

Efficiency Advocates Press Senate to Split Up Shaheen-Portman Measure

Bloomberg BNA, September 16, 2014

Advocates of a long-stalled energy efficiency bill are pushing the Senate to split the legislation up and act on components of the measure that were passed by the House earlier this year.

The strategy—which could occur during the lame duck session of Congress after the November elections—may represent the best chance for the legislation (S. 2262), which has languished in the Senate because of a broader fight over what amendments would be allowed to the bill.

“It would be great if we could actually get something for two years of effort,” Steve Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, who supports the idea, told Bloomberg BNA. “They should have no problem in the Senate as long as you can get the floor.”

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