Proposed amendments cause Shaheen-Portman to stall in Senate

After months of anticipating the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill's arrival in the Senate for debate and possible passage into law, supporters found themselves frustrated all over again after a series of proposed amendments slowed down the legislation's momentum.

The Huffington Post reports that the main hold-up is from Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, who wants to tack onto the bill an amendment that would delay or eliminate funding for the Affordable Care Act. Other senators, such as Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, want to use Shaheen-Portman to pressure the White House into approving a review of the controversial plans for the Keystone XL pipeline.

According to The National Journal, some of the amendments proposed were related to the topic of energy efficiency. Senator Al Franken proposed the bill mandate that federal buildings make their energy usage public knowledge, while Senator Tom Coburn wants to push to require federal employees to turn off all lights and unplug all electrical devices at the end of the work day.

Despite the delay, the bill's co-author, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, remained optimistic about her legislation's future in the oncoming debates.

"[I am] very encouraged by the bipartisan support for our energy efficiency bill," Shaheen said in a press statement. "Many bipartisan amendments have already been introduced and we're hoping to [have] a robust debate on each of them."

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