U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 4850, the Enabling Energy Savings Act, on Saturday morning:
"We recently became aware of a federal requirement that was placing jobs at risk in Alabama. This requirement dictated that walk-in freezer doors had to use foam insulation, and as a result, it triggered a steep drop-off in orders of other kinds of walk-in freezer doors including those made by HH Technologies, Inc., which is a family-owned business in Bremen, Alabama. This was a life and death issue for this Alabama small business which provides a valuable product for our country and jobs in its community. The tragic irony is that, even though the Alabama product is believed to be superior, less costly, and more energy efficient than many of the freezer doors that use foam insulation, federal law essentially removed these Alabama-made doors from the marketplace.
The bill we were able to pass this weekend will simply allow the Alabama company to compete. I am very pleased that we were able to obtain passage of this important legislation in a Senate energy bill, and I look forward to working with Congressman Aderholt and other members of Congress to ensure that this important bill becomes law as soon as possible."