The American Council on Renewable Energy, Duke Energy, the National Hydropower Association, Pacific Gas and Electric, and 50 other companies and associations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) July 10, advocating for several hydropower bills. The groups asked the full Senate to consider H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, and H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, and their Senate companion bills S. 545 and S. 306. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the legislation May 13.