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  • Lng Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act

    by Representative Kevin McCarthy

    Posted on 2015-01-28

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    McCARTHY. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

    Mr. Speaker, the President likes to talk about infrastructure. In his State of the Union Address, he said that there is bipartisan support for infrastructure legislation and that Republicans and Democrats need to ``set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.'' We have listened, and we have done that.

    After passing a bill to approve Keystone, this House passed another bill last week to reform the natural gas permitting process. Now the House is on its third energy infrastructure bill with Representative Bill Johnson's LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. I know the President doesn't pay much attention to what goes on here on Capitol Hill, but three infrastructure bills in 3 weeks is hard to miss.

    Here are some other numbers, Mr. Speaker, that I think the President really should remember: though the Department of Energy has received 37 permits in the past 5 years, it has only approved five permits in that time. That is one a year. If the President cared about infrastructure as much as he says, I think he would get his administration to process the rest of them now.

    Passing this bill would also lead to the creation of an estimated 45,000 jobs. More permit approvals mean more opportunity. More opportunity requires more infrastructure. More infrastructure means more jobs. Delay has become a hallmark of this Presidency, but Americans are done delaying job creation by ignoring America's energy abundance.

    {time} 1000 American energy supports American jobs. It supports a strong economy. It also gives our friends--like Ukraine, our allies--an alternative source of energy, diluting the power countries like Russia and Iran who use their oil to coerce and even oppress.

    Mr. Speaker, the President should know that here in the House we have set our sights very high; but, Mr. Speaker, the question is: Will the President set his sights higher than his veto pen? Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I yield 5 minutes to the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Rush).

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