House Moves to Produce First Comprehensive Energy Bill in Nearly 10 Years, Thompson Named to Conference Committee

May 26, 2016

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) named U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) as one of 24 House Republican lawmakers to serve on a bipartisan conference committee responsible for producing final legislation to modernize America’s energy laws.  The conference for “The Energy Modernization Act of 2016” (S.2012) with House and Senate lawmakers will lead to the creation of the first comprehensive energy package in nearly 10 years.

In announcing the conference committee, Ryan said, in part:

Maximizing America’s energy potential is vital—not just for creating jobs and building our economy, but for strengthening America’s strategic leverage on the global stageUnfortunately, outdated infrastructure and heavy-handed regulations are stopping us from achieving these goals.”

Thompson is the only Republican House member from Pennsylvania to serve on the conference committee.

“Included in this package is legislation that will help improve the management and health of our federal forest land, including the Allegheny National Forest,” Thompson said.  “I am looking forward to working with my House colleagues on a final bill which brings our energy infrastructure into the 21st century.”

For a list of Republican members named to the conference committee, click here.