The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Today Approved S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act

Climate Change Legislation Containing Significant Water Efficiency Provisions

2009-11-05

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today approved climate change legislation containing significant water efficiency provisions with no Republicans voting for the bill or even participating in the three day committee markup.  Eleven Democrats voted the bill out of committee without considering any amendments.

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) was the lone Democrat to vote against the bill while all seven Republicans continued their boycott of the proceedings.  Traditionally two members of the minority are required to conduct committee business but Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) relied on a little used procedural move that allowed for the totally partisan vote.

The bill contains language which authorizes WaterSense, EPA's voluntary program for labeling water-efficient high-performance products and services; directs federal agencies to make cost-effective water-efficient procurement decisions by purchasing WaterSense or Federal Energy Management Program certified products whenever possible; and authorizes grants to eligible entities for programs offering incentives to consumers who purchase and install water efficient products and services such as those labeled under the WaterSense program.

A Republican request that the committee allow time for the EPA to conduct an economic study on the bill was dismissed.

At least five committees are considering some action on climate legislation before the bill can be voted on by the entire Senate.

The Alliance will continue to monitor this legislation and post updates on its Legislative Watch web page.