9 House Dems vote against Biden LNG export permit pause

By Nico Portuondo | 02/16/2024 06:33 AM EST

The Democrats crossed party lines to support legislation to strip the Department of Energy’s power to decide whether gas exports are in the public interest.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas was among the House Democrats to support Republican-led legislation Thursday on natural gas exports. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House passed a bill Thursday afternoon to limit President Joe Biden’s authority over liquefied natural gas export permits, and it may not be the last one.

Nine moderate Democrats joined all Republicans in backing the House’s initial attack on the administration’s decision to stop allowing new terminals pending a review of climate and price concerns.

The “Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act,” H.R. 7176, from Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas), would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the “exclusive authority” to approve LNG projects. It passed 224-200.
H.R. 7176


The bill, which has passed the House before, would take away the Department of Energy’s ability to weigh whether natural gas exports are in the public interest. The White House says the current review process may need updates.