U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said a roster of 20 companies that employ "tens of thousands of Ohioans" signed a letter to Senate leaders urging them to take up and support the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC). The bill, authored by Portman and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with strong bipartisan support and awaits floor consideration in the Senate.