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Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FRANKEN. Madam President, I rise today to talk about energy efficiency and my amendment to Senators Jeanne Shaheen's and Rob Portman's Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. I am very pleased we are acting on this legislation today, and I am very appreciative of the work the Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski have done to get us to this point.

This a very important piece of legislation. In the United States, our energy consumption is about one-fifth of the world's total energy consumption. Yet when you consider we have less than one-twentieth of the world's population, that says we have a role to play here and especially when a tremendous amount of that energy is simply lost through inefficient buildings, appliances, industrial processes, and automobiles. Those losses have been estimated to cost U.S. businesses and households $130 billion a year.

By making investments in energy efficiency, we can help consumers lower energy costs, and we can reduce pollution, boost the manufacturing sector, and create jobs. That is a win-win-win-win.

That is what this legislation is all about. I am proud that the first hearing I held as chairman of the Energy Subcommittee on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee was on amendments to Senator Shaheen's and Senator Portman's bill. We considered a number of amendments that would bolster the bill's efforts to make our economy more energy efficient. Now we have the opportunity to consider some of those amendments we addressed in my subcommittee on the floor of the Senate. I would like to call up and briefly talk about an amendment I filed to this bill.

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment and call up amendment No. 1855.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection?

The Senator from Louisiana.

Mr. VITTER. Madam President, reserving the right to object, I would like to propose an alternative unanimous consent request that would certainly allow that amendment to be made pending.

I ask unanimous consent that the pending amendment be set aside and the following amendments be made pending: Franken No. 1855, Blumenthal No. 1878, Bennet No. 1847, Enzi No. 1863, Udall No. 1845, Sessions No. 1879, Inhofe No. 1851, Klobuchar No. 1856, and Vitter No. 1866; and that on Tuesday, September 17, at a time to be determined jointly by the majority and minority leaders, my amendment Vitter No. 1866 and a side-by-side amendment on the same subject by the majority leader be made pending and receive 60 minutes of debate, evenly divided and controlled by the majority bill manager and myself; that no points of order be in order in relation to these two amendments; that upon expiration of the time for debate, without any intervening motions or debate, the Senate then proceed to votes on these two amendments subject to a 60-vote threshold for adoption, and that subsequent to each amendment vote, a motion to reconsider each vote be made and laid upon the table.


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