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    Our Energy Moment Statement on House Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act with LNG Provisions

    WASHINGTON – Our Energy Moment Executive Director Fred H. Hutchison issued the following statement today praising the U.S. House of Representatives for once again passing legislation that would add a statutory deadline to the federal government’s regulatory review process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, this time as part of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA passed the House on May 18 by a vote of 277 to 147.

    “Adding a deadline to the process whereby the Department of Energy considers applications to export LNG to nations without free trade agreements with the United States remains a high priority for all who support expanding the export of U.S. natural gas to create jobs and economic benefits here in the United States and to increase the energy security of America’s global allies,” Hutchison said.

    The LNG language was added to the NDAA by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and is identical to the text of H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act, which was authored by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and passed the House in January 2015 with strong bipartisan support.

    “OEM thanks Representatives Bridenstine and Johnson for their leadership and diligence in keeping the LNG issue front-and-center on the legislative agenda,” Hutchison said. “The NDAA is considered a ‘must pass’ bill,” he continued, “and this means that—one way or another—legislation with LNG provisions will likely reach the president’s desk before the end of the year.” 

    Hutchison said that having the LNG language in the NDAA was a “bit of insurance” in case the House and Senate cannot reconcile the bipartisan energy bills that have passed both chambers. The most recent movement on the energy bill front occurred on April 20, when the Senate passed the LNG language as part of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, by an overwhelming 85 to 12 margin. 

    “Yesterday’s House vote continues to demonstrate the momentum and bipartisan support in Congress for expanding LNG exports,” Hutchison said.

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