WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) released a joint statement calling on leaders in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to immediately pass their Expediting Natural Gas Exports to Allies Act. This bill would help European allies and partners to ween off Russian dependence for natural gas by expediting approval of American natural gas exports to U.S. allies and international partners amid Putin’s war in Ukraine.
“Putin’s war in Ukraine is showing us the damning consequences of Europe’s dependence on Russia for natural gas,” said Senators Cassidy, Rubio, and Rounds. “American natural gas is cleaner, creates U.S. jobs, and strengthens U.S. and allies’ national security. If we want to hit Putin’s energy profits, our legislation gives the United States that leverage. There is no time to waste, Congress must pass the Expediting Natural Gas Exports to Allies Act.”
Background on Cassidy’s work to support American energy production and deter Russian influence in Europe:
September 29, 2021: Cassidy delivered a floor speech lambasting President Biden’s energy policies that have resulted in skyrocketing inflation, rising energy prices, and U.S. job losses.
November 2, 2021: Cassidy wrote an op-ed with Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) on the Biden administration’s counterproductive energy policy that is putting Americans out of work and allowing adversaries like Russia to increase their energy supply.
January 13, 2022: Cassidy voted to pass legislation to sanction the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline and undermine Russian influence in Europe.
January 21, 2022: Cassidy wrote an op-ed for FoxNews.com highlighting the need for the United States to create a new path to lead on climate policy to undermine Russian influence.
January 21, 2022: Cassidy joined Your World on Fox News to discuss the United States’ dependence on foreign nations for oil.
February 3, 2022: Cassidy announced opposition to Biden administration anti-energy Federal Reserve nominee.
February 3, 2022: Cassidy joined Varney and Co. on Fox Business to discuss rising oil and gas prices and the Biden administration’s assault on American’s pocketbooks.
February 5, 2022: Cassidy spoke to the Washington Examiner on the importance of leveraging the United States’ domestic oil and gas to displace dirtier competitor fuels to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
February 8, 2022: Cassidy grilled Biden administration Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the U.S. Department of the Interior nominee regarding the administration’s backwards energy policies that are undermining American energy independence and efforts to reduce global emissions.
February 9, 2022: Cassidy joined the Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox News Radio to discuss the Biden administration’s decision to greenlight the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, preventing U.S. offshore leasing, and the situation in Ukraine.
February 13, 2022: Cassidy joined Fox News Sunday with Sandra Smith to discuss the Biden administration’s energy policy failures in terms of climate, national security, and the economy, as well as the need to put in place an agenda that undermines Russia influence.
February 16, 2022: Cassidy and colleagues demanded answers from Biden administration on shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline.
February 16, 2022: Cassidy joined The Evening Edit on Fox Business to discuss the energy crisis and Russian aggression in Ukraine.
February 17, 2022: Cassidy led 26 colleagues in urging Biden administration to increase LNG exports, undermine Russian influence.
February 17, 2022: Cassidy, Rubio and Rounds introduced a bill to expedite natural gas exports to U.S. partners, erode Russian influence.
February 19, 2022: Cassidy joined Cavuto Live on Fox News to discuss the Biden administration’s energy policies impact on American jobs, gas prices, and ability to deter Russian aggression.
February 24, 2022: Cassidy spoke to the Washington Examiner arguing the Biden administration has worked to increase the price of oil and gas internationally and here in the United States, while propping up Putin’s influence in Europe.
February 26, 2022: Cassidy spoke to Politico saying, “’The options are limited in the short-term,’ said Cassidy, who has been among Biden’s toughest energy critics. ‘The massive amount of [capital investment] required to develop energy resources cannot be tapped off and on quickly. Everybody wants a solution right now, but you don’t just change on a dime.’”