More than 100 lawmakers push Obama on energy efficiency extension

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is calling on the Obama administration to continue its energy efficiency initiatives for federal buildings.

The group of 117 House members and 22 senators wants Obama to grant a five-year extension of the project, which began in 2011.

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Reps. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchProviding more information on the prescription drug supply chain will help lower costs for all Impeachment hearing breaks into laughter after Democrat contrasts it to Hallmark movie Diplomat ties Trump closer to Ukraine furor MORE (D-Vt.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says Hickenlooper raised .8 million for Colorado Senate bid in fourth quarter of 2019 MORE (R-Colo.) spearheaded the effort, touting the importance of energy efficiency in a letter released Wednesday — 70 Democrats and 47 Republicans in the House signed it.

"As the original two-year time frame of the federal building initiative draws to a conclusion, we urge you to extend the goal for performance contracting by the federal government," lawmakers wrote.

"Specifically, we request a new Presidential initiative setting goal of $1 billion a year for the next five years for the federal government to utilize performance contracts to achieve energy savings."

Obama's 2011 executive order jumpstarted a two-year campaign to achieve $2 billion in energy savings in federal buildings. The initiative helped cut back on the federal government's energy usage.

Federal facilities use more than $6 billion worth of energy annually.