H. R. 6772
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 18, 2022
Mr. Tony Gonzales of Texas (for himself, Mr. Ellzey, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Carter of Georgia, Mr. Budd, Mr. Keller, and Ms. Cheney) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Natural Gas Act to authorize expedited approval of applications to export natural gas to certain allies of the United States, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Expediting Natural Gas Exports to Allies Act.
Natural gas exports to allies and strategic partners
Congress finds that expediting the approval of natural gas export applications for projects intended to increase the capacity of the United States to export natural gas to allies and strategic partners will—
empower United States natural gas exporters to better assist the strategic and national security interests of the United States and allies and strategic partners of the United States; and
lead to job growth, economic development, and energy security.
Natural gas exports
Section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b(c)) is amended—
(c) For purposes and inserting the following:
Expedited application and approval process
Definition of covered nation
In this subsection, the term covered nation—
means an ally described in section 3(b)(2) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2753(b)(2)); and
during the period described in subparagraph (B), includes Cyprus, Finland, Moldova, Sweden, Taiwan, and Ukraine.
The period described in this subparagraph is the period—
beginning on the date of enactment of the Expediting Natural Gas Exports to Allies Act; and
ending on December 31, 2026, or such later date as the President determines is in the interest of national defense (as defined in section 702 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 4552)) or is otherwise in the interests of the United States.
Except as provided in paragraph (3), for purposes
in paragraph (2) (as so designated), by inserting
the exportation of natural gas to a covered nation, before
or the exportation; and
by adding at the end the following:
Nations subject to sanctions
The Commission shall not grant expedited approval under paragraph (2) of an application for exportation of natural gas to any nation that is subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the United States.
Nations designated by Congress
The Commission shall not grant expedited approval under paragraph (2) of an application for exportation of natural gas to any nation designated by an Act of Congress as excluded from such expedited approval for reasons of national security.
The amendments made by subsection (b) shall not affect any Federal authorization to export natural gas from the United States to a foreign nation or to import natural gas into the United States from a foreign nation that is in effect on the date of enactment of this Act.