Members introduce rural utility loan bill designed to spur energy efficiency efforts

Supporters said the bill would create between 20,000 and 40,000 jobs. Rural co-op officials said efficiency programs may mean utilities won’t have to build new power plants to meet the electricity demands of their customers, avoding new carbon dioxide emissions most scientists say are warming the planet.

The legislation has 10 original co-sponsors: Clyburn, Reps. Tom Perriello (D-Va.); John Spratt (D-S.C.); Ed WhitfieldEd WhitfieldKentucky Republican to resign from House House lawmakers urge Obama to forgo lame-duck TPP vote Ethics panel rebukes Kentucky Republican MORE (R-Ky.); and Sens. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Wells CEO Stumpf resigns from Fed advisory panel Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices MORE (D-Ore.); Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDems call for better birth control access for female troops GOP puts shutdown squeeze play on Dems Senators seek to boost women in international forces MORE (D-N.H.), Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonBank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting Housing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform MORE (D-S.D.); Michael BennetMichael BennetEconomists have a message: Clinton's policies are wrong for America Senate rivals gear up for debates Grassley pulling away from Dem challenger MORE (D-Colo.); Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamShutdown risk grows over Flint Senate poised to override Obama veto Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria MORE (R-S.C.); and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.).

The bill number in the House is h.r. 4785, although at the time of this post, the measure had not been added to the Thomas legislative database.