As the 115th Congress continues to work through this year’s legislative priorities, CRES is proud to once again recognize and welcome a strong slate of clean energy champions to the House Republican Energy, Innovation and Environmental Working Group. The group was formed in 2016 by House Republicans who were eager to bring clean energy technologies to market that stimulate domestic job creation and manufacturing, bolster the economy, and preserve the quality of our pristine lands and waters.
The founding members of the House working group included Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA), Rep. Ryan Costello (PA), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL), Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY), Rep. Tom Reed (NY), Rep. Dave Reichert (WA), and Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS). In the fall of 2016, the group’s membership expanded to include Rep. Mark Amodei (NV) and Rep. Pat Meehan (PA).
Today, CRES enthusiastically applauds Rep. Ted Yoho (FL) as the newest member to join this group of clean energy champions. Rep. Yoho is committed to advancing renewable energy sources such as nuclear and hydropower to diversify and increase our nation’s energy production.
House Republicans have remained actively engaged in efforts to promote commonsense, clean energy reforms to grow the economy, strengthen national security, and preserve our environment. For example, Rep. Kinzinger has worked tirelessly to promote clean energy policy as a strong supporter of expanding nuclear energy, with four plants currently in operation employing more than 2,500 residents throughout the Illinois Valley. Additionally, as the lead sponsor of the POWER Act, Rep. Reed led the way on legislation that helps to create jobs, reduce energy consumption, and protect the environment. Rep. Elise Stefanik has also proven that she is a strong advocate of a substantive clean energy policy agenda, voting to protect $2 billion of funding for innovative clean energy research within the Department of Energy.
CRES is pleased to see solution-minded House Republicans expanding the Energy, Innovation and Environmental Working Group to advance clean energy reforms that deliver results for their constituents across America. Voters expect Members of Congress to actively engage in dialogue to empower domestic job creation and manufacturing without compromising the quality of our clean air and water. Working groups such as these serve the valuable purpose of building consensus among a geographically diverse set of Republican members to strengthen our national security, achieve domestic energy independence and preserve our environment for generations to come.