State Rep. David Allen Welter, R-Morris, issued the following statement after the Illinois House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve energy legislation, Senate Bill 2408:
“Today we achieved our shared goal of protecting local jobs, keeping our nuclear fleet online, and cementing Illinois’ status as a leading energy-producing state now and into the future. This is a hard-fought victory for all the hardworking men and women of Dresden who never lost hope and advocated so strongly and effectively for our nuclear plants and the vital jobs and tax base they support. I was proud to stand with them from day one. Unfortunately, the process that led us to this to tonight’s vote was broken and frankly an embarrassment. There was no need to delay this vote to September on the brink of Dresden’s anticipated closure. This bill should have been completed back in May. It took this long because Democrats largely shut Republicans out of the process to bring all sides together, which prolonged the anxiety and concern of workers and families whose livelihoods depend on our energy industry. I would like to thank everyone in our community who supported our efforts to cross the finish line after months of frustration, uncertainty and setbacks.”
Rep. Welter has served the 75th District since July 2016, which includes portions of Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties including half of Illinois’ nuclear fleet.