WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Brad Ashford (D-NE) voted to develop responsible, bipartisan energy policies including both renewable and traditional energy sources.

Ashford voted in support of H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. The bill streamlines the federal approval process for hydroelectric generation facilities and natural gas transmission lines. The legislation also improves the Department of Energy’s ability to coordinate with other agencies to strengthen our electrical power grid system and requires the Energy Department to expedite decisions on pending applications to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

“For too long, the drawn-out approval process has allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to drag its feet on key projects to develop hydro power and natural gas,” said Ashford. “This bipartisan bill signals a commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy which allows America to responsibly develop its traditional energy sources while also capitalizing on renewable energy.”

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