House-Passed Bills Take Aim at Rising Energy Costs

March 6, 2014
Press Release

In the midst of one of the coldest winters in recent years, the U.S. House of Representatives this week acted to help American families reduce rising energy bills.

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) applauded the pro-energy package as “commonsense” and “an important step towards an ‘all of the above energy approach.’”
“Too many American families are still struggling in this tough economy, and rising energy bills are squeezing family budgets even more," Rep. Roby said. "That’s why the House acted this week to lower energy costs through commonsense reforms that will boost domestic energy production, reduce red tape, and encourage energy efficiency.

“One bill – the RAPID Act – streamlines the environmental review process for new construction projects and cracks down on junk lawsuits. Another bill - the Electricity Security and Affordability Act – is aimed to combat the Obama Administration’s ‘war on coal’ by reining in overreaching regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”
Rep. Roby pointed out that one of the energy bills passed this week addresses the propane availability problem that many Alabama farmers have faced this winter.
“I've heard from many farmers who have had difficulty acquiring propane this winter. It's especially a problem for our poultry farmers who need to heat their chicken houses. The HHEATT Act eases restrictions that have hindered the transportation of propane and put our farmers at risk.
“We need an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy in this country. I hope the Senate will act swiftly on this slate bills and give much needed relief to American families.”

Specifically, the House passed:
H.R. 4076, the HHEATT Act, to make it easier to transport propane to areas with shortages (passed by voice vote);
H.R. 2126, the Better Buildings Act of 2014, to promote cost-effective energy efficiency measures in building projects (passed by a vote of 375 to 36);
H.R. 2641, the RAPID Act, to expedite federal permitting for energy construction projects (passed by a vote of 229 to 179); and
H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, to protect electric utility plants from excessive EPA regulation (passed by a vote of 229 to 183).
House Republicans’ “all of the above” energy strategy for jobs includes the development of American oil and natural gas, alternative energy sources such as solar, hydropower, wind, and nuclear, and the continued development of clean coal. More information on the comprehensive plan can be found online here.