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Committee Votes to #LiftTheBan on Crude Oil

Sep 17, 2015
Upton: America wins when we support free trade and open markets

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved legislation to lift the nearly 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. H.R. 702, to adapt to crude oil market conditions, passed the committee by a vote of 31-19. Chairman Emeritus Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced the bipartisan legislation which is expected to be considered by the full house later this month.

Rep. Barton commented, “The ban on exporting crude oil imposes an estimated $200-$600 billion cost to the U.S. economy, discourages crude oil production, prevents the creation of jobs, and causes higher gasoline prices for U.S. consumers. We need to use our abundant resources for the highest and best causes – creating jobs, encouraging innovation, supporting our allies and being a leading player in the world market.”

Lifting the ban on oil exports enjoys broad bipartisan support and will help create jobs, lower energy prices, and boost America’s standing around the globe. Studies have shown that lifting the ban would create nearly one million new jobs across the United States and help keep prices lower at the pump. A study by the left-leaning Brookings Institution found that, “Lifting the ban actually lowers gasoline prices by increasing the total amount of crude supply.” H.R. 702 would also give our allies around the world the opportunity to import American oil instead of Russian or Iranian oil – providing the United States with new trading partners and increasing leverage in the global marketplace. 

Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) added, "The president has entered into an agreement allowing the Iranians to export their oil, and the U.S. should not be placed at a competitive disadvantage. It's time for America to lead with our abundant energy reserves and lift the decades old crude oil export ban."

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) concluded, “America wins when we support free trade and open markets. Much has changed since 1975 when these restrictions were imposed but the dramatic growth in domestic oil output over the last decade has flipped the script. The administration now supports lifting Iran’s ban on oil exports – and we should all agree its time to lift the ban on American exports. Creating jobs, keeping energy affordable, boosting energy production, and improving our energy security – these are all important to folks in Michigan and a bill that accomplishes all four is worthy of all our support.”