Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement after the Senate failed to invoke cloture on his energy efficiency legislation, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC):

“Today’s failure to move forward on a bipartisan energy efficiency bill is yet another disappointing example of Washington’s dysfunction.  It’s a sad day in the U.S. Senate when more than 270 organizations- from business to environmental groups- can get behind a good, bipartisan effort, but we can’t get votes on a few amendments to pass it.

I will continue to work with Democrats and Republicans alike to try to find a way forward on this important element of a needed national, all-of-the-above energy strategy.”