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Cotton, Boozman File Amendment to Block Funding for Clean Line Energy’s Transmission Project

April 22, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman (R-Arkansas) yesterday filed an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to block funding for Clean Line Energy's transmission project.

"The Department of Energy's decision to move forward with the Clean Line transmission project despite the objections of Arkansans is executive overreach at its worst," said the Senators. "Despite our best efforts to work with the Department of Energy, Secretary Moniz has proven himself unwilling to compromise and we must take action to stop this assault on Arkansas and the rights of private property owners."

Background: This amendment would block all funding for projects carried out under Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, thereby preventing the federal government from carrying out the Plains and Eastern Clean Line Project, a transmission line recently approved by the Department of Energy after being rejected by the Arkansas Public Services Commission in an unprecedented case of federal overreach. The amendment would also temporarily prevent the Department of Energy from approving other projects, restoring the traditional right of states to approve or disapprove transmission projects based on state and local interests rather than the interests of federal lobbyists and private companies.