House Passes H.R. 6
The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, by a vote of 266 to 150. Sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the bill drew support from 220 Republicans (all but two) and 46 Democrats, with 148 Democrats voting no.
As a starting point, the House accepted a “managers” amendment from Gardner that would change the thrust of the bill slightly to now require DOE to render final decisions on applications to export LNG to non-free trade agreement nations within 30 days after the NEPA environmental review is complete. The bill continues to include provisions that would expedite judicial reviews and require disclosure of the final destination of LNG shipments.
Having passed the House, H.R. 6 now goes to the Senate where its fate is unclear (but looking better!).
Prior to final passage, the House:
- Defeated Rep. Peter DeFazio’s (D-OR) amendment requiring “an applicant to disclose any intention to use eminent domain for any construction necessary for LNG exports” by a vote of 196 (yeas) to 221 (noes).
- Defeated a motion by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) to send the bill back to committee by a vote of 192 (yeas) to 225 (noes).
- Defeated by voice vote an amendment by Reps. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) that would have had the effect, as CLNG’s Bill Cooper put it, “of imposing a moratorium on processing export applications until [new DOE] regulations are promulgated. The de facto moratorium could last as long as two years until final regulations are issued, and then could last equally as long or longer as the regulations are tested in the courts by those that oppose LNG exports.”
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