Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on the passage of the Bingaman amendment to the Energy Bill:
Washington, DC – “I am pleased that the Senate has passed Senator Bingaman’s amendment to the Energy Bill with bipartisan support. This initiative will harness American ingenuity to provide cleaner communities, a healthier environment, and greater national security.
“We have taken a bold and important step forward in putting America on the path towards energy independence and making America more secure. Renewable energy will power our homes and businesses without polluting the air we breathe or the water we drink.
“Renewable energy will protect consumers from wild price swings by providing a steady, reliable source of power, and renewable energy will bolster our national security, because a ‘Made in the USA’ supply cannot be manipulated by any foreign government.
“Finally, renewable energy creates jobs, often in the rural areas that need them the most. I hope this important bipartisan victory for our nation will set the tone for the debate as we move forward.”