White House lends its support to Shaheen-Portman

Over the summer, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman worked to move a bipartisan efficiency bill to the Senate floor. If passed, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act – better known as Shaheen-Portman – would mark the first substantial energy legislation in six years, according to The Huffington Post. At long last, the bill has finally reached the Senate for a vote that is expected to come on Thursday, September 13, at the earliest.

In light of this occasion, the White House issued a public statement, in which the Obama administration lent its support to the bill:

"[Shaheen-Portman] would build on the momentum established by the Administration's 'all of the above' energy strategy, supporting the President's goal to cut in half the energy wasted by U.S. homes and businesses by 2030."

The White House isn't the only body standing in Shaheen-Portman's corner. Senator Shaheen took to the Senate floor on Wednesday, September 12, to remind the other senators of the 260 businesses, non-governmental organizations and trade associations that are in support of the measure – including the Chamber of Commerce, Christian Coalition to the Sierra Club and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Last week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a new study showing that the bill could net up to $65 billion in saved energy costs for homes and businesses by the president's 2030 deadline. The legislation could also help produce 174,000 new jobs.

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