Shaheen-Portman energy bill sees new life in the senate

Earlier this month, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) reintroduced their bipartisan green energy bill, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. The bill, which the senators have tried to get through the senate a few times before, is supported by a majority of lawmakers and the general public. Though it was derailed last fall when Republicans added unrelated amendments regarding the repeal of Obamacare, and was then unable to get to the floor for debate because of the federal government shutdown.

The Shaheen-Portman bill is now back in its newest version, which experts believe could be very beneficial to the American economy. Though an older version of the bill was able to pass through the Senate Energy Committee on a 19-3 vote, it was not taken up by the general body for consideration. Since this defeat, Senators Portman and Shaheen have worked with others to make it a more bipartisan bill, with the hope that the changes will lead to a more widespread support and a greater chance at being passed and sent to the House of Representatives.

The proposed legislation intends to create nearly 200,000 new jobs by the year 2030. It will also help solidify U.S. energy security, cut energy costs for all taxpayers and reduce the amount of pollutants that are released into the air. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has backed the bill, believing it will be essential to the future health of the entire country.

While the future of the bill is currently up in the air, there is plenty homeowners can do to reduce their own energy consumption. Schedule an appointment with R&J Tinting to learn more about our residential window films, which can help improve the energy efficiency of your home.