WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives today passed by a vote of 246-180 long-awaited comprehensive energy legislation (H.R. 6) that includes numerous provisions recognizing the crucial role of nuclear energy in U.S. energy policy. Following is a statement by John Kane, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president of governmental affairs.
“The Nuclear Energy Institute applauds the House for its bipartisan support for the energy bill, which moves us one step closer to a sound, comprehensive energy policy for our nation.
“It’s taken more than a decade—since 1992—for us to revisit and update our national energy policy. Times have changed, and the House clearly recognizes the importance of energy policy to ensuring America’s energy security, economic growth and environmental well-being. This bill goes a long way to provide important, new provisions for all energy sources for a diverse, comprehensive energy mix. It provides a way for nuclear energy to not only play, but to have an expanded role, in helping America meet its energy and environmental policy goals and ensure national security.
“We encourage the Senate to show the same kind of bipartisan leadership and move forward expeditiously to pass the bill as well. It is good public policy that will be beneficial for all Americans today and in the future.”
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org.