Committees to dissect Biden LNG export clampdown

By Nico Portuondo | 02/05/2024 06:30 AM EST

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin has called the deputy Energy secretary to testify.

Joe Manchin and David Turk.

(From left) Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk talk after a hearing on Capitol Hill on Sept. 7, 2023. Manchin will question Turk this week on the administration's natural gas export approval pause. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Lawmakers will be turning up the temperature on the natural gas export battle rocking Capitol Hill, with two hearings scheduled this week on the topic.

The headline hearing will be in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, with Energy Deputy Secretary David Turk expected to defend the administration’s decision to pause liquefied natural gas export approvals against an onslaught of Republican and some Democratic criticism.

Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a regular critic of the president’s energy policies, said he will use the hearing to decide whether to join those urging the administration to reverse course.


“If the Administration has the facts to prove that additional LNG export capacity would hurt Americans, they must make that information public and clear,” Manchin said in a recent statement.