House of Representatives Supports LNG Exports Bill
(Washington, D.C.) –On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass an amended version of H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act with a vote of 266-150. A bipartisan amendment introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and bill sponsor Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) helped push the legislation through the House with support from both sides of the aisle.
“The energy industry that has been driving the U.S. economy for years is rapidly changing, but unfortunately, our systems haven’t been able to keep up,” Green said. “The U.S. now produces an abundance of natural gas, much more than we can use, but the approval processes for export projects remains backlogged with some applications waiting more than 3 years. We can’t afford to lose this opportunity to expand the economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs to a bureaucratic process. At the same time, it is important that we tread lightly and make smart, sound decisions based on environmental considerations and the public interest. We can’t be so hasty that we cut corners and bypass important protections.”
In its original form, H.R. 6 would have automatically approved all pending export applications at the Department of Energy (DOE), and eliminated the public interest determination. The adopted Gardner-Green Amendment strikes those provisions and instead requires DOE to issue a public interest determination on applications 30 days after the NEPA environmental review has been completed.
The House passed version of H.R. 6 benefits the U.S. economy, businesses, and consumers. It establishes a prompt and fair pathway for U.S. companies to begin export projects, which will generate revenue, foster job creation, benefit trading partners, and establish the U.S. as a global leader in exports. It protects domestic consumers and industries while modernizing the export permitting process to keep up with the modern U.S. energy industry.