RELEASE:

Wicker: Senate Updates U.S. Energy Policy

Comprehensive Energy Bill Passes Chamber for First Time Since 2007

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today voted in favor of legislation to modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure, lower utility bills for consumers, and promote job creation in the energy sector. The “Energy Policy Modernization Act,” S. 2012, authored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is the first comprehensive energy bill to pass the Senate in nearly a decade. The bill passed by a vote of 85-12.

“This was an opportunity that we simply could not afford to miss,” Wicker said. “America’s energy landscape has changed dramatically since the last energy bill passed in 2007. Updating these policies helps to support new technologies and innovations that lower energy bills, diversify our options, and ensure a stable and reliable network. This bill is also designed to help spur job creation in the energy field, countering years of burdensome regulations and mandates imposed on the industry by this Administration.”

4/20/16