Wyden pleads with Vitter not to hold energy efficiency bill ‘hostage’

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Vitter has vowed to block progress on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 1392, which the Senate began considering Wednesday. He is demanding a vote on his measure related to ObamaCare, either as an amendment or as a stand-alone bill, sometime before Oct. 1.

“I have no desire or intent to delay this bill,” Vitter said. “This impasse is created by the majority leader, not me.”

Earlier Thursday, Reid criticized Republicans for offering nongermane amendments to a bill aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act contains measures to boost building codes, train workers in energy efficient building technologies, help manufacturers become more efficient and bolster conservation efforts at federal agencies, among other provisions.