The View From Here
by Ric Jackson
December 21st, 2015

The Pros and Cons of H.R. 8

The good news? On Dec. 3, an energy bill passed in the House with wide Republican support. The bad news? It really does nothing to improve energy efficiency, which does not bode well for manufacturers of energy-efficient building products.

You see, H.R. 8, which passed the Energy and Commerce Committee subpanel over the summer, now has many provisions that severely weaken its bipartisan support. The bill primarily focuses on speeding up the approval process for pipelines and energy projects; but it also promises to update federal energy regulations and policies for the first time since 2007.

While the bill doesn’t do a whole lot for the fenestration industry as it stands, the View from Here is that it’s actually a good sign. I believe that any energy legislation raises awareness of the topic, and it is good seeing the Republicans pull together.

The bill still has a ways to go before it’s enacted into law. It must go through the Senate, and there’s some speculation that it could meet an end with a presidential veto. But only time will tell.

What’s your View? Email me directly at Eric.Jackson@Quanex.com.

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