Washington, D.C.– Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor highlighting today’s upcoming vote on a critical nomination. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Later this morning, the Senate will vote to confirm David Crane to be the Undersecretary for Infrastructure at the Department of Energy, a crucial post for implementing the historic clean energy investments secured through the Infrastructure Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act.
The Undersecretary for Infrastructure is a new role at the Department of Energy, created by the Biden Administration with a very important mission: ensure our infrastructure dollars translate to lower energy costs, new clean energy manufacturing jobs, and a more resilient energy grid.
Once confirmed, Mr. Crane will be especially important for overseeing programs that help Americans lower their energy bills. To take just one example, he’ll lead the implementation of a $9 billion consumer rebate program to help Americans better afford energy efficient appliances for their homes.
Mr. Crane will also manage the investments we’ve made to update America’s electric grid, which after recent blackouts like the ones in Texas is absolutely crucial.
Mr. Crane is more than up to the job. He has a wealth of knowledge from the private sector as a former CEO of a leading energy company and is one of America’s leading voices in the fight for clean energy. He received strong bipartisan support in committee and I expect that to continue here on the floor.