Today Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted with the House to pass H.R. 678, The Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. The bipartisan legislation passed 416-7.
"Americans need jobs and more affordable energy, and I continue to fight for legislation that boosts these priorities," said Hall. "I am pleased to support H.R. 678, a bill that would create new American jobs and increase America's energy independence by expanding production of clean, renewable hydropower -- one of the cheapest and cleanest forms of electricity."
"In addition to lowering energy costs for American families and small businesses, this bill would generate federal revenue over 10 years at no expense to American taxpayers, according to the Congressional Budget Office," Hall stated.
H.R. 678 would also streamline the regulatory process and reduce administrative costs for small canal and pipeline hydropower development projects.
"As the year progresses, I will continue to use my seniority in Congress to further the concerns and values of my constituents."