Congress Recess Pushes Energy Bill to 2017 Docket
December 13, 2016
Congress took its recess until January 2017, unable to reach an agreement on the Energy Bill beforehand. The comprehensive energy bill reached the final stage of passage, but a final decision will have to wait until next year, according to the Window & Door Manufacturers Association.
Work on a comprehensive energy bill has been going on for years, and the House and Senate were able to push a bill to a conference committee, a group of lawmakers tasked with finalizing a bill for the President’s signature, WDMA officials report. However, Democrats and Republicans strongly disagreed over several provisions, and with the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, House Republicans feel they can get a better bill next year. When the new Congress convenes in January, the House and Senate will need to reintroduce bills and begin the committee process.