House Passes Kinzinger-Keating Global Energy Bill
Today, the House passed H.R. 1616, the European Energy Security and Diversification Act, introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and his colleague, Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA).
Washington, DC – Today, the House passed H.R. 1616, the European Energy Security and Diversification Act, with a strong bipartisan vote of 391-24. This legislation, introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA), would help the United States and countries across Europe and Eurasia with global energy security while also encouraging diversification of energy sources and their supply routes.
Following passage of H.R. 1616, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), who serves as the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, released the following statement:
“I’m glad to see such swift action on the European Energy Security and Diversification Act, and proud to join my colleagues in voting on its passage today. The Russian Federation, led by Vladimir Putin, has long used energy as a weapon to coerce and manipulate European countries. As American energy production continues to rise, we have a prime opportunity to support our allies and provide an alternative to the stronghold Russia employs over energy sources. With U.S. support, we can stop Putin from threatening the security of our European partners and further help our allies increase their own energy security to better defend against these bad actors. This bipartisan, bicameral bill is a major step forward to increase global energy security, and I’m grateful to my colleagues in the House and Senate for their efforts to move this legislation along.”
The Senate companion bill, S.704, was introduced by Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD).
In addition to serving as the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, Congressman Kinzinger also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he has long advocated for stronger energy independence on a local and international level.
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