Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Wednesday called out Republicans who tried to pile ObamaCare amendments onto bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that recently stalled on the Senate floor.
“What we need to reckon with is the fact that you have got a process that is being used for political advantage and gain rather than to advance policy,” she said.
Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, blamed her own party and Democrats alike for letting the bill sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) get derailed. The Alaska senator and other advocates are hopeful it can resurface on the floor.
“Maybe we need to embarrass those in the leadership that it is high time that you focus on the policy side of this,” Murkowski said at an energy forum hosted by the group Center Forward.