VIDEO: Brooks’ Bipartisan Re-Refining Bill Passes Energy & Commerce Full Committee
WATCH Brooks’ remarks from today’s markup in support of H.R.1733 here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), passed H.R. 1733, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Susan Brooks and Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-MA). This bipartisan bill directs the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricated oil. Congresswoman Brooks issued the following statement after this morning’s vote:
“Like many Hoosiers, I believe in the value of recycling many products. There are so many benefits to recycling lubricating oil. I am proud to have introduced a bill that is aimed at saving energy and protecting the environment in connection with how we use and reuse lubricating oil, such as motor oil. The re-refining process removes contaminants from used oil and blends additives to restore the oil to its original effectiveness. Used oil can even be re-refined infinitely, and re-refined oil is suitable for use in all types of gas and diesel engines.
“Despite the unambiguous benefits of re-refining used oil, the United States lags well behind other developed nations in the amount of used oil that is re-refined and procured. Ensuring Congress has up-to-date data on the value of recycled oil will allow legislators to better make decisions when investigating environmental and energy policy moving forward. I’d like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the Energy and Commerce Committee for their support of this bipartisan bill that is environmentally conscious and supports an all-of-the-above energy strategy.”
For more information on today’s Energy and Commerce markup, including a background memo, archived webcast, amendments, vote tallies, and text of legislation, click here.