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Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Floor Speech

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AMENDMENT NO. 526 OFFERED BY MR. WU

Mr. WU. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.

The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:

Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement, administer, or enforce section 3(e) of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b(e)).

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Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to the amendment.

The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from New Jersey is recognized for 5 minutes.

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Chairman, the gentleman's amendment attempts, using the appropriations bill before us, to enact significant legislative changes to a prior law. The law in question, enacted by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, establishes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the issuer of licenses for liquefied natural gas terminals.

Notwithstanding the merits of the gentleman's concerns, and we can see the gentleman cares deeply about the issue and knows of the issue, this is not the appropriate place to modify such a law, as this amendment would attempt to do. Frankly, such a broad authorizing issue warrants a suitably more broad discussion.

We would be happy to work with the gentleman to facilitate that wider discussion at the appropriate time, on the appropriate bill, and through the appropriate committees of jurisdiction.

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