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Rep. Chase will work with White House as Senate debates clean-energy jobs bill

State Rep. Maralyn Chase (D-Shoreline) has been selected to a national working group of state leaders working with the White House to advance federal clean-energy legislation in Congress. The group met for the first time in late September via phone, tackling energy policy issues that will put the country on course for significant progress in the clean-energy economy.

"Washington and many other states have shown real leadership building a cleaner, more energy efficient future," said Rep. Chase, who represents the 32nd District, which includes Kenmore. "State legislators play a unique role in clean-energy jobs policies. We're elected representatives of the people, we know the businesses and labor issues in our states, and many of us see federal action as the launching pad for the next generation of innovation and prosperity in America."

Working with the White House, the group will help inform the debate surrounding the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454). Their efforts will focus on moving the country toward clean-energy solutions that will create jobs and reduce America's reliance on foreign oil.

Washington is uniquely positioned to contribute innovative ideas for nationwide clean-energy policy reforms. Under the leadership of Gov. Chris Gregoire, Washington state is one of several states recognized as a model for the country's new clean-energy economy.

"Washington has again taken the opportunity to lead," said Rep. Chase. "Our recent efforts at the state level are at the cutting edge of job creation and innovation in the clean-energy economy — and one of the few areas of job growth during the current downturn. The progress we've made can serve as a model for the rest of the country as Congress takes needed action to build a prosperous economy and a more secure clean-energy future."

Rep. Chase will be participating in the working group along with 40 other state legislators from across the nation.

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