I know that it can be difficult to keep up with the back-and-forth developments that typically occur at the end of a legislative session, and this year is no exception. In fact, the 2016 election results have made it especially tough to follow the congressional “ping-pong balls.” Therefore, I urge you to consider the following perspective (mine alone):
The LNG provisions have earned bipartisan support over the last two years, and we now have many champions in both parties and both chambers who want to see these provisions enacted this year. The most helpful thing we can do is to remind our congressional friends of our trust in them and our support for the difficult decisions that they must make in the coming weeks. Of course, it is also worth reminding them that U.S. LNG exports are worth fighting for now. Enhancing the regulatory review process can and will deliver economic, security, and environmental benefits to the United States and its allies, starting at the moment of enactment. We should, therefore, seize this opportunity if we can and not wait to act until 2017.
That being said, we need to give our champions the flexibility to work towards a favorable outcome without dictating specific tactics or legislative vehicles. There may be several ways to get the LNG provisions over the finish line and I’m convinced that the odds of a favorable result are still good. Nonetheless, please continue to make your views known to your congressional contacts. If you support the LNG legislation, then let them hear from you!