PERSONAL EXPLANATION
(Extensions of Remarks - February 14, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E146]
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                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION

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                         HON. PETER A. DeFAZIO

                               of oregon

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, February 14, 2013

  Mr. DeFAZIO. Mr. Speaker, unfortunately I was unable to record my 
vote on H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act. I was 
detained by a very important meeting with Oregon Governor John 
Kitzhaber about issues critical to my rural communities and State.
  I am a strong supporter of renewable energy and agree there's 
enormous untapped potential for hydropower. Reducing red tape, process, 
and cost to approve small, non-controversial hydropower projects is a 
no-brainer. I am pleased the bill passed 422-0 and would have voted 
``yea'' had I been available. I look forward to supporting H.R. 267 in 
the future if the bill is amended and comes back to the House from the 
Senate.

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