U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) have reintroduced a wide-ranging energy bill with ten amendments, all with the aim of boosting energy efficiency in schools, commercial and residential properties, and federally-owned buildings.
“This bill has garnered such widespread support because of a simple fact — it is good for the economy and good for the environment,” Shaheen said. “It’s part of an energy plan for America that can help bring the jobs back, help fix our trade deficit, help make our manufacturers more competitive, and actually help to protect the environment.”
With the tweaks – which also include provisions allowing third parties to certify energy star appliances, and one that asks HUD to perform energy retrofits on low-income housing – the Senator says the Shaheen and Portman Energy Efficiency Bill now has the 60 votes it needs to overcome a filibuster.