NEMA Applauds Senate on Passage of Comprehensive Energy Legislation

ROSSLYN, Va.,-NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, today applauded the Senate for last evening's passage of comprehensive energy legislation. NEMA President Malcolm O'Hagan said, "On Monday, NEMA and others called for action on a comprehensive bill prior to the Senate adjourning in August. The Senate met the challenge." O'Hagan added, "We look forward to working with Senate and House Conferees to deliver a final product to President Bush for his signature in September."

The legislation includes provisions that will help ensure reliable and diverse energy supplies, enhance the nation's energy infrastructure, provide a framework for a long-term solution to the natural gas crisis, and encourage the deployment of energy efficient equipment in industrial, commercial, and residential settings.

"I applaud the leadership on both sides of the aisle for resurrecting what looked like a hopeless partisan gridlock over energy legislation which many of us worked on for three solid years," said Timothy Feldman, NEMA's vice president of government affairs. "It reminds me of the biblical story of Lazarus."

NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electroindustry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 400 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products within the NEMA scope exceed $100 billion.

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