Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released the following statement following a Capitol Hill press conference:

"I am here today to bring you up to date on our effort to report a strong clean energy jobs bill to the full Senate as soon as possible."

"Members of the Committee and their staff, along with the EPW Committee staff, have been working day and night since the bill was introduced, and we have made great progress on the Chairman's Mark for the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act."

"Draft provisions of the Chairman's Mark have been sent to the Environmental Protection Agency for analysis. We expect the EPA's analysis to be completed in time for legislative hearings later this month."

"We will begin a week of intensive legislative hearings on S. 1733 and the Chairman's Mark on Tuesday, October 27 (two weeks from today). We will hold hearings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that week."

"At our first hearing, on Tuesday, October 27th at 9:30 am, we will hear testimony from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, before our full Committee. The complete schedule for Wednesday's and Thursday's legislative hearings will be announced shortly."

"We will schedule a full Committee markup of the bill as soon as possible after our hearings."

"I am pleased to report we are continuing to expand support for our bill. Momentum for this effort is growing every day, and we are broadening and deepening our coalition with each step in the process."

"At the September 30 press conference where we introduced the bill, we were joined by a powerful and diverse coalition of organizations and constituencies united in their strong support for action to create clean energy jobs, increase our energy independence, strengthen our national and economic security, and protect our children and our planet from dangerous pollution."

"Standing with us on that stage were business leaders, national security experts and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Governors, mayors and other state and local officials were represented, as well as energy companies, labor unions, environmental organizations, entrepreneurs, and more."

"Since then, I can report that Evangelical groups and other religious communities have expressed their commitment to help us move the bill quickly."

"All of this adds up to growing momentum toward a successful vote in the Environment and Public Works Committee."

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