Committee Leaders Kick Off Debate on Electricity Security and Affordability Act

March 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) today kicked off debate on H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. Authored by Whitfield and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), this bipartisan, bicameral legislation offers a reasonable alternative to EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas standards for new plants and planned regulations for existing power plants. The legislation will protect an “all-of-the-above” electricity portfolio, and help keep American energy affordable and reliable. Over 100 organizations, representing over 80 percent of the U.S. economy, have voice support for the commonsense legislation. To view a full list of supporters and their statements in support of the bill, click HERE.

“This debate is vitally important today because the president is going so fast, in such and extreme way, that will make it impossible to use coal in America with a new plant, and we have never had a national debate about the issue,” said Whitfield. “It’s a very a simple piece of legislation, one that I think is necessary to protect the American people and ensure that America remains competitive in the global marketplace.”

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“Today we continue our pursuit of an 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy, taking up legislation to address EPA’s pending greenhouse gas rules for power plants, the latest threat by the Obama administration to affordable and reliable energy,” Upton. “I applaud Chairman Whitfield, Senator Manchin, both, for their efforts in authoring a workable bipartisan and bicameral approach – working together – to EPA’s pending power plant rules. Their legislation is a good faith effort that requires a critical check on EPA’s misuse of the Clean Air Act to try to accomplish through regulation what was rejected in Congress through legislation.”

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