Unanimous Consent Request—H.R. 2126by Senator Kelly Ayotte
Posted on 2014-12-15
AYOTTE. Mr. President, first of all, I wish to thank my colleague
from New Hampshire for her leadership on this important legislation,
and I join her request, as well as the Senator from Ohio, Mr. Portman's
request for unanimous consent on H.R. 2126 that passed the House
overwhelmingly in March by a vote of 375 to 36. Why is that? Because
this is commonsense, bipartisan legislation that creates jobs,
increases energy efficiency, reduces the amount of energy we need to
use, and less pollution--and think about our overall goals of making
sure America remains safe, energy independent, and energy secure, and
it does it all in a way that is market-based, in a way that you have
seen overwhelming support from both the business community and the
This House bill on which we are asking unanimous consent is a companion bill to the work done by Senators Portman and Shaheen in the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, of which I am proud to be a cosponsor. This is an area where I believe we can find strong common ground in this body--energy efficiency measures that are market based, that move us forward to use less energy and create American jobs.
Within this bill is a provision called the Better Buildings Act, which I was proud to introduce with Senator Bennet from Colorado, and this is commonsense, no-cost legislation that would help boost energy efficiency in commercial buildings through the design and construction of efficiency improvements in leased tenant spaces in commercial buildings. So one of the important pieces of this legislation that is contained in the Better Buildings Act actually brings the tenants into the discussion. It is voluntary. It creates a situation where we have tenants and owners working together to reduce energy costs, save us money, and create jobs.
So I am hopeful that this bill will be cleared, this legislation. If you look at the list of groups that are supporting this legislation, it is not often that these groups all come together, and it really speaks to the commonsense nature of this legislation, the importance of it.
I, again, want to thank my colleagues for their leadership, especially Senator Shaheen and Senator Portman. I hope as a body we can get this done because this is just plain common sense.
[[Page S6855]] I yield the floor.
The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. The Senator from Alaska.