The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding markup hearings this week on several new energy bills.
The committee said the 16 bills aim to create new jobs, modernize energy infrastructure and protect small businesses from federal regulations.
One bill, from the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, aims to protect small businesses from enhanced transparency requirements under the Open Internet Order.
The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act, also was advanced to the full committee by the Communications and Technology Subcommittee.
Another bill aims to build a modern energy and manufacturing workforce.
Several bills seek deadline extensions on the beginning of construction on hydroelectric power projects involving the Jennings Randolph Dam, Clark Canyon Dam, Cannonsville Dam, Gibson Dam, Kerr Scott Dam, Gathright Dam and the Flannigan Dam.
The green-minded Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) also will be examined, as will the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act. Member Rep. The Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act also will be discussed.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) discussed talked about what these bills mean for energy infrastructure: “Taken together, these bills are a big win for jobs, domestic energy security and consumers across the country. They exemplify the committee’s ongoing commitment to advance thoughtful legislative solutions and are something we should all be able to agree on. This week, we look to build upon our proud bipartisan record of success.”