Republicans make Texas pitch for scrapping Biden LNG pause

By Nico Portuondo | 04/09/2024 06:37 AM EDT

A field hearing near two liquefied natural gas projects coincided with GOP efforts to undo the administration’s decision to halt new export permits.

Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas).

Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) during Monday's House Energy and Commerce subcommittee field hearing on natural gas exports. Energy and Commerce Committee/YouTube

House Energy and Commerce Republicans traveled to Texas on Monday to make the local argument for the immediate cancellation of Biden administration’s pause on new gas export terminals.

The Energy, Climate and Grid Security Subcommittee field hearing in Port Arthur came as House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) prepares to release a Ukraine aid package that could include language against the pause. Green groups and many Democrats are warning the Biden administration against accepting such a plan.

Republicans at the hearing argued that reversing the pause was essential because of the economic headaches the move is causing.


“President Biden’s LNG pause is going to have a a ripple effect throughout Southeast Texas,” said Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), whose district includes Port Arthur. “Community families are collecting a paycheck and putting food on the table … but critical investments might disappear if the ban remains in place and goes on too long.”