Top GOP aide predicts bipartisan energy-efficiency bill next Congress

A prominent GOP House Energy and Commerce aide said committee members are looking to work with the Senate on sweeping energy-efficiency legislation next Congress.

Patrick Currier, counsel with the committee’s Energy and Power subcommittee, said lawmakers will likely start by using a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) as the template.

“We’re going to look to the Senate. We understand that S. 1000, the Shaheen-Portman bill, is going to be one of the priorities in the Senate next year. So we’d like to start working with them earlier than later to see where we can find that common ground,” Currier said at a Thursday event hosted by The Hill.

Read more on The Hill's E2 Wire blog.