Heritage urges 'no' vote on energy efficiency bill

The conservative group Heritage Action is urging lawmakers to vote "no" on the energy efficiency bill set to hit the Senate floor next week.

Heritage charges that the bill, which promotes energy saving in industrial and commercial buildings, provides incentives that would "burden taxpayers and consumers."

"This inappropriate intervention comes in the form of ‘voluntary’ federal mandates and taxpayer funded subsidies for energy efficiency updates in state government and tribal buildings," Heritage states.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said during the spring recess that he wanted to bring the energy efficiency bill to the floor shortly after Congress returned.

A majority of lawmakers back the bill, which is a revamped version of last year's version. Additional amendments from Republicans were sought to ensure the bill wasn't killed this time around.

Next week, a vote is expected, but it might be bogged down by votes on several controversial amendments involving natural gas exports, blocks to the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon emissions limits for power plants and building the Keystone XL pipeline.

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