Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today in favor of bipartisan legislation that reforms the permitting process to export natural gas. This legislation will help our allies abroad and let businesses create more jobs.
A transcript of McCarthy’s remarks can be found below:
“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, quote, ‘set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.’
“Well we’ve 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 three weeks are hard to miss.
“Here’s some other numbers, Mr. Speaker, that I think the President really should remember: Though the Department of Energy has received 37 permit [requests] in the past five years, it has only approved five permits in that time. That’s 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.
“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 of countries like Russia and Iran who use their oil to coerce or even oppress.
“Mr. Speaker, the President should know that here in the House, we’ve set our sights very high. But, Mr. Speaker, the question is: will the President set his sights higher than his veto pen?”