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After Financial Reform, Energy Moves Up as Next Major Agenda Item

June 4, 2010 1 comment

With the achievement of financial regulatory reform virtually finished in the Senate, the Senate will now move on to energy as the next big agenda item.  Senate Majority Leader Reid said he wants committee work done on the energy bill before the July 4th recess with floor time for the bill soon after.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) alerted Senate committee chairmen Thursday that he plans to move comprehensive energy legislation in July.

Reid asked the chairmen to recommend legislation to deal with the Gulf oil spill before July 4 so that leaders can include those ideas in the comprehensive energy package.

The BP Gulf Oil Disaster should be seen as a “rock bottom” moment for a nation addicted to oil.  Hopefully, this incident will provide the impetus to pass an energy bill that will move the US to a renewable energy future including a renewable energy supply, a reduction in America’s carbon emmisions, a major push for public transit in all metro areas, and incentives for cleaner cars.  The energy bill will also provide much needed jobs as we transition from a fossil fuel to renewable energy based nation.  Democrats and Republicans should work together to make this future happen.