Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-LA) together cosponsored an amendment which passed the full Appropriations Committee during the markup of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The amendment asks the Department of Energy (DOE) to report to the Committee how they will move forward with the backlog of non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Applications. Additionally, the amendment encourages the DOE to create a system which is transparent and efficient to work through the backlog of non-FTA LNG Export Applications.
"It is important that we do not waste time and money allowing these export applications to sit and collect dust while other nations purchase natural gas from our competitors. This language does not call for the applications to be approved or denied, but simply requests the Department of Energy to lay out a clear plan and execute it. There is no reason this bureaucratic process should continue to hold the United States and Ohio back from billions in economic investment and the creation of thousands of good-paying jobs," said Congressman Ryan.