05.26.05

Burr Applauds Committee Approval of Bipartisan, Comprehensive Energy Bill

Legislation includes provisions authored by Burr

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Richard Burr applauded the passage of bipartisan, comprehensive energy legislation that conserves energy usage, while reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil, out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senator Burr was joined by twenty of his colleagues in supporting passage of the legislation.

The energy legislation includes provisions authored by Senator Burr and Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Trent Lott (R-MS) to encourage modernization and expansion of America's electricity grid to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity to every home and business. The provisions will help keep North Carolina's electric rates low while protecting rate payers throughout the nation from unforeseen blackouts. The language was adopted from legislation introduced by Senator Burr on March 2, 2005, his first piece of legislation introduced as a Senator.

"I'm proud the Energy and Natural Resources Committee worked in a bipartisan manner to swiftly approve comprehensive energy legislation," said Burr, a member of the committee and Vice-Chair of the Energy Subcommittee. "By diversifying our energy supply and producing cleaner and more efficient energy, this legislation conserves more energy and produces more energy than we have ever done before. The legislation also continues the balance between meeting our energy needs and conserving the environment by honoring the oil and gas drilling moratorium off the coast of North Carolina."

The legislation will next be considered by the full Senate, where it is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.

For more information, go to https://www.burr.senate.gov.