Overnight Energy: House GOP moves on energy reform
MARKUP STARTS WEDNESDAY: The House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled the first part of its energy reform package.
Lawmakers in the energy and power subcommittee will meet Wednesday morning to formally consider legislation on infrastructure, workforce, energy security and energy efficiency, after releasing the bills late Monday.
The Republican package avoids some of the most controversial, hot-button issues, like oil exports, instead focusing on provisions likely to earn some bipartisan support.
“Wednesday’s markup is the next step in ensuring we not only get this legislation done but get it done right,” Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the committee, said in a statement.
The provisions in the package include permit streamlining for natural gas pipelines, increased flexibility for utilities on environmental laws and electric grid modernization.
Meanwhile, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is working on her own energy reform package.