March 12, 2014

Portman Meets with Ohio Municipal Electric Association & American Municipal Power

Discusses Continued Efforts to Reduce Onerous Regulations and Streamline Federal Permitting Process

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today met with members of the Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA) and American Municipal Power (AMP) to discuss his continued efforts to fight against onerous government regulations and streamline the federal permitting process, as well as promote energy efficiency measures.

Portman thanked AMP for their strong support of the Federal Permitting Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Portman and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) designed to streamline and improve the federal permitting process, which is currently laden with uncertainty and unpredictability. AMP has also been a strong supporter or Portman’s bipartisan energy efficiency bill, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which he introduced with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

“At a time when employers are struggling to create jobs, the federal government should not be imposing unnecessary costs and delays through a burdensome regulatory and permitting process,” said Portman. “I appreciate the input from the Ohio Municipal Electric Association and American Municipal Power on the permitting issue in particular. We should be pursuing policies that make it easier, not harder, to hire workers and start getting people back to work.” 

“AMP, the OMEA and our member municipal electric communities greatly appreciate Senator Portman’s leadership and dedication to bringing a commonsense approach to exceedingly complicated regulatory processes,” said Jolene M. Thompson, AMP Senior Vice President & OMEA Executive Director. “This is especially critical as we work to secure a diverse, reliable and affordable future energy supply to meet customer needs.”

Just yesterday, Portman joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in holding a hearing in the Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce and federal programs to take a hard look at government regulations and their impact on the economy. 

Video from yesterday’s hearing is available online here.