Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), authors of the American Power Act, today released a joint statement applauding Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for calling on key Senate Chairmen to strengthen and pass comprehensive energy independence and climate change legislation this year:
"Today, Majority Leader Reid expressed his unwavering commitment to comprehensive legislation to address the nation's energy challenges, just a day after President Obama once again called for Senate action on a comprehensive climate and energy bill. The disaster in the Gulf has intensified the feeling of urgency on all sides, and Senator Reid's letter is crystal clear that he expects the Senate to step up to the challenge this year. The time is ripe for action on the American Power Act. Our approach creates 200,000 jobs a year, all while reducing our oil dependence by 40 percent. We look forward to working with the Leader and the White House to continue to strengthen our legislation and make this the year for Senate action."