This week, the House passed H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Certainty and Access Act. This legislation modernizes our nation’s energy laws by expediting the approval process for exporting small volumes of natural gas, including LNG, to countries where the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement.
H.R. 4606 would ensure long-term certainty for small scale American exports to markets in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. This is important, because natural gas exports provide both economic and strategic benefits to the United States and our allies. Natural gas exports create tens of thousands of jobs locally and nationally, can help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, and secure a more reliable and affordable energy future for our country.
All Houstonians know the importance of the oil and gas industry to our city and our nation. I have always supported domestic energy sources, expanding onshore energy production, streamlining permitting processes, and reducing bureaucratic red tape.
I also had the pleasure of meeting with a few folks (pictured above) from the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund. We discussed ways to ensure the hardworking firefighters serving our communities have better benefits and secure retirement futures. They shared their thoughts on the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which does not allow emergency medical personnel to draw Social Security, even though many of them work second jobs and put money into the Social Security System.
I am amazed at the bravery of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our neighbors, and I’m committed to making sure our first responders are taken care of when they have finished their careers in public service.
I also had a great meeting with the 29th President of the University of Texas at Austin, Greg Fenves (pictured above), about the current issues facing higher education. Mr. Fenves’ vision of excellence and desire to empower young scholars studying the arts, sciences, and humanities is inspiring.
Texas is home to many great academic institutions, and I am committed to funding federal programs that support their cutting-edge research.
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It is an honor and privilege to represent you and Texas in the United States House.
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