Alexander Says “Democrats Are Treating the Serious Subject of Clean Energy Like an Unwanted Relative”

Alexander: “Republicans are ready for a serious debate, but apparently, the majority leader is not.”

Posted on July 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, made the following remarks today on the energy bill Senator Harry Reid is expected to bring to the floor this week:

“Democrats are treating the serious subject of clean energy like an unwanted relative.  The majority leader released a bill at 10 p.m. last night; it has 400 pages; it was written in secret; he’s going to allow no amendments; he will have time for very little debate. 

“This is a serious subject and it deserves serious consideration by the United States Senate on behalf of the American people.  Republicans have been ready for a year with a clean energy agenda that’s fairly consistent with many of President Obama’s proposals on electric cars, which would be the best way to reduce our use of oil, on nuclear power, on energy research and development.  Senator Murkowski’s committee has produced legislation in a bipartisan way on the oil spill. 

“Republicans are ready for a serious debate, but apparently, the majority leader is not.  Senator Reid has, more than the last five majority leaders combined, used a procedure called ‘filling the tree’ to deny senators the ability to allow amendments on behalf of the people who elected us to represent them here.  So we ask Senator Reid to treat clean energy seriously, because it is a serious subject.  Treat it like the serious subject it is, and not like an unwanted relative.”