Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Republicans' Energy and Water Appropriations bill:
“I opposed the Republicans’ Energy and Water Appropriations bill, as it undermines our nation’s ability to keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean. The bill restricts the Corps of Engineers' ability to work with the EPA to protect our waterways under the Clean Water Act. This bill also makes shortsighted cuts to our energy efficiency and renewable energy programs – programs that will pay for themselves in the long run by supporting the development of groundbreaking clean energy technologies that will save consumers money on their energy bills and create the jobs that will help more families Make It In America.
“In addition, this bill once again tries to repeal lightbulb efficiency standards that could save consumers billions of dollars every year. While Americans are focused on job creation and reducing the deficit, Republicans are once again spending their time trying to repeal lightbulb standards that originally passed with widespread bipartisan support and are supported by the industry. This is yet another example of how Republicans are not focused on the issues that matters most to the American people.”