White House talks down prospect of LNG deal with Johnson

By Kelsey Brugger, Carlos Anchondo | 04/03/2024 01:37 PM EDT

House Speaker Mike Johnson has floated lifting the natural gas export permitting pause as part of a Ukraine funding agreement,.

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address.

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address while House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) looks on last month. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The White House sought to tamp down speculation Tuesday around a House Republican push to overturn the Department of Energy’s pause on liquefied natural gas export approvals in exchange for advancing Ukraine aid.

An administration spokesperson Tuesday night dismissed recent Reuters reporting that suggested U.S. officials were open to lifting the moratorium on DOE national interest determinations for LNG projects.

“The president supports the pause on pending additional approvals of LNG export licenses to evaluate the economic and climate impacts on consumers and communities,” the spokesperson said.


The White House also said, “The president has been clear that House Republicans should pass the bipartisan national security agreement that already passed the Senate as soon as possible to get Ukraine the aid it urgently needs to defend itself from Russian tyranny.”