House Vote on Small-Scale LNG Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for LNG Exports
WASHINGTON — Sept. 6, 2018 — The U.S. House of Representatives voted this afternoon to pass legislation by Reps. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Gene Green (D-Texas) to streamline the government’s permitting process for small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The bill—“Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act” (H.R. 4606)—passed by a vote of 260 to 146. Voting to pass the bill were 37 Democrats and 223 Republicans. Three Republicans and 143 Democrats voted no.
Fred H. Hutchison, President & CEO of LNG Allies, had this reaction:
Today’s lopsided vote on the small-scale LNG bill reflects the fact that U.S. LNG exports continue to enjoy strong bipartisan support within the House of Representatives and the Congress as a whole. The legislation would codify a recent rule adopted by the Department of Energy, which was promulgated with virtually no opposition. Clearly, both the executive and legislative branches of the government understand that U.S. LNG exports create thousands of American jobs and bring economic and environmental benefits to U.S. allies and trading partners around the globe. Representatives Johnson, Cuellar, Flores, and Green are stalwart champions of U.S. energy exports and their support is deeply appreciated.