Kennedy requests energy secretary attend Appropriations hearing on infrastructure package

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, today sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) requesting Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm testify before the full committee hearing on the Biden administration’s infrastructure proposal.

“In Louisiana and many parts of America, infrastructure related to the broad swath of industries associated with energy is the main driver of jobs, prosperity and livelihoods,” wrote Kennedy.

“I am confident the Energy and Water subcommittee will closely examine President Biden’s infrastructure plan and this administration’s call for spending hundreds of billions on climate, clean energy manufacturing and research, electric grid buildout, and electric vehicle incentives. Nevertheless, the Secretary of Energy’s testimony in front of the full committee is certainly warranted,” Kennedy continued.

The committee is scheduled to consider the $2 trillion infrastructure package with the following witnesses present: Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and EPA Administrator.

The letter is available here.