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Senate Committee Passes Clean Energy and Climate Bill to Strengthen Economy and Reduce Pollution
NRDC Urges Full Senate to Move Forward with Legislation

WASHINGTON (November 5, 2009) – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today passed the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, S. 1733, a historic action that will help strengthen the economy, increase America's security and reduce carbon pollution.

Following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council:"This clears the way for full Senate action on clean energy and climate legislation that will put Americans back to work, reduce our reliance on foreign oil and create a healthier future for our children. Americans are united around these goals. It's time for the full Senate to act." 

"Chairman Boxer and her colleagues took an important step forward with today's action. They have worked under difficult circumstances to craft S. 1733 and sought to have full consideration of this important legislation in the Environment and Public Works Committee.

"We welcome the announcement yesterday by Senators Kerry, Graham and Lieberman that they are committed to working together to combine the best of S. 1733 with additional provisions to produce a bi-partisan bill that the Senate will pass. 

“It’s vital for the Senate to advance this legislation to demonstrate America's resolve and leadership in shifting to a clean energy future. NRDC looks forward to working with all Senators to achieve this goal.”

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