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Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WELCH. Madam Chair, this amendment, offered by my colleague from Colorado (Mr. Gardner) and I, does something straightforward. It forces, really encourages, the VA to do something that it has been required to do, and that's report on energy efficiency.

One of the goals I think all of us have, regardless of our point of view about what is the best fuel source, is to do everything we can to make sure that we use less, not more. One of the best places for us to save on energy is in our Federal buildings. Anything we can do to encourage them, to do the inventory, so that they know what steps can be taken to use less energy means we are going to save taxpayers money and help their bottom line budget.

In previous legislation this Congress authorized, actually directed, that our agencies make these reports available. That's a step that would then allow them to participate in energy saving contracts with some of our energy saving companies. This legislation basically says let's get that job done.


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