Rep. Kinzinger Named to House-Senate Energy Conference
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) was added as a conferee to the bipartisan, bicameral House-Senate Energy Conference earlier this week. The focus of the Committee will be to modernize our energy laws through a comprehensive legislative package. His opening statement, as written, is provided below:Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) was added as a conferee to the bipartisan, bicameral House-Senate Energy Conference earlier this week. The focus of the Committee will be to modernize our energy laws through a comprehensive legislative package. His opening statement, as written, is provided below:
“The world has changed significantly since the last time Congress enacted major energy legislation, but what hasn’t changed is the importance of reliable, affordable, and domestically-produced energy to power our economy and provide for our national security.
“Throughout the past year the House has worked in good faith to craft a legislative package that will help all sectors of our energy industry; from mainstream energy sources to energy saving efficiency measures. Ultimately, the purpose of these measures is to move our country forward in order to establish an effective and efficient energy policy that starts at the federal level.
“While I understand we still have much to debate and discuss, I was especially pleased to see a number of important energy efficiency provisions that I have helped to champion included in the House passed version of the Energy Policy Modernization Act. One of those provisions was a variation of the Thermal Insulation Efficiency Improvement Act, which would require a study of the impact of increased insulation use could have in all federal facilities. Another provision, the Energy Savings through Public-Private Partnerships Act, would allow federal agencies to partner with private companies to develop and implement energy efficiency systems that create guaranteed energy savings.
“These are bipartisan measures that will not only allow the federal government, the largest consumer of energy in the nation, to make better use of our energy resources, but will also save money for American taxpayers.
“We all recognize that we are blessed to live in a nation with an abundance of natural energy resources, and more importantly, with the American ingenuity needed to develop and grow new energy technologies and industries. I look forward to working with you all on a conference package that will make the best use of all of these resources.
“I yield back.”
Note: The full conference meeting, including the Congressman’s opening statement, can be viewed here.