McNerney Announces Bipartisan Freshman Energy & Climate Caucus
|Keeping a Promise within First 100 Hours|
January 17, 2007
Washington, DC -- Today Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) announced the creation of a bipartisan working group for freshman Members of Congress to discuss ways to promote American energy independence.
“Our nation’s dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic and national security, while global warming threatens our quality of life and puts our families’ health at risk,” Rep. McNerney said. “I am forming this bipartisan forum and inviting all freshman members to participate so we can find a way – together – to discuss and develop innovative policies to promote energy independence.”
Rep. McNerney continued, “I am pleased that I can follow through on a promise I made on the campaign trail in forming this working group. My hope is that – with the energy bill being voted on tomorrow as a first step and the creation of this forum – that we can wean America off its dependence on foreign sources of energy and move in the direction of diversifying our energy economy and creating good jobs in this country.”
This afternoon, all newly elected Members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – received an invitation to join the Bipartisan Freshman Caucus on Energy and Climate.
In addition, tomorrow Rep. McNerney will speak on the floor of the House in favor of H.R. 6, the energy bill. The footage will be available on CSPAN.