Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) issued the following statement after passage of H.R. 5892, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act introduced by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The legislation included amended language of Smith's Small Scale Hydropower Enhancement Act (H.R. 795):
"I applaud passage of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act in the House of Representatives, and thank Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers for her leadership on this issue. I am particularly pleased the bill included language from the Small Scale Hydropower Enhancement Act to encourage economic growth in rural America and increase domestic energy production at no cost to the taxpayers.
"This commonsense legislation passed the House with bipartisan support and deserves prompt consideration by the Senate and President."