On June 29, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) introduced the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 to “provide for the modernization of the energy and natural resources policies of the United States.”
“It has now been a full decade since Congress has passed legislation to modernize and reform our nation’s energy and resource policies,” Murkowski said in a statement. “We came very close to achieving that goal last year, and have continued to work with our congressional colleagues and a wide range of stakeholders to write another strong bill,” she said.
Cantwell said the legislation “will not only help modernize our energy infrastructure, but secure it from extreme weather, climate change, and serious cyber threats.”
The previous version of the legislation passed the Senate with 85 votes last year.