LNG a wild card in forthcoming House foreign aid bills

By Andres Picon | 04/16/2024 06:31 AM EDT

Republicans said Monday that ending a pause on gas export approvals was still being discussed, but it was unclear if it would hitch a ride on new legislation.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.)

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) speaks with reporters Monday evening. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Speaker Mike Johnson on Monday laid out a plan to split up various contentious national security proposals into four separate bills for the House to vote on before the end of the week.

Yet one matter related to President Joe Biden’s energy agenda remained unsettled. Republican lawmakers said Monday that they were having conversations about including a provision in one of the measures that would overturn or set limits on the Biden administration’s pause on liquefied natural gas export approvals.

That temporary moratorium was put in place while the administration evaluates its analyses of LNG exports’ economic and climate impacts. It has been a target of congressional Republicans — and some moderate Democrats — since January. Johnson has said in recent weeks that he would try to attach a provision undoing that pause to legislation that the White House wants passed.


Johnson and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, both Louisiana Republicans, have cited a project in their state that was affected by the Biden administration’s LNG pause — the Calcasieu Pass 2 plant.