TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports S. 2657, the “American Energy Innovation Act,” which would stimulate the development, demonstration, and deployment of a broad suite of next-generation energy technologies and promote American ingenuity while developing tools needed to combat climate change on a national and global level. The Chamber will consider including votes on this legislation in our annual “How They Voted” scorecard.
Following the House of Representatives’ passage of related legislation last week, a potentially historic opportunity exists to enact bipartisan legislation to restore U.S. leadership in clean energy. However, achievement of this goal requires the avoidance of contentious and extraneous issues that could undermine the Senate bill’s broad bipartisan support. Accordingly, we call on members of both parties to address any such issues that could impede the bill’s advancement and continue to focus on building on significant areas of consensus that clear a path for the passage of S. 2657.