H. R. 647
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 31, 2023
Mr. Johnson of Ohio introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To repeal restrictions on the export and import of natural gas.
This Act may be cited as the
Unlocking our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2023.
Advancing United States global leadership
Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b) is amended—
by striking subsections (a) through (c);
by redesignating subsections (e) and (f) as subsections (a) and (b), respectively;
by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (c), and moving such subsection after subsection (b), as so redesignated;
in subsection (a), as so redesignated, by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:
(1) The Commission shall have the exclusive authority to approve or deny an application for the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of a facility to export natural gas from the United States to a foreign country or import natural gas from a foreign country, including an LNG terminal. Except as specifically provided in this Act, nothing in this Act is intended to affect otherwise applicable law related to any Federal agency’s authorities or responsibilities related to facilities to import or export natural gas, including LNG terminals.; and
by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Nothing in this Act limits the authority of the President under the Constitution, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), part B of title II of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6271 et seq.), the Trading With the Enemy Act (50 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.), or any other provision of law that imposes sanctions on a foreign person or foreign government (including any provision of law that prohibits or restricts United States persons from engaging in a transaction with a sanctioned person or government), including a country that is designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, to prohibit imports or exports.
In this subsection, the term state sponsor of terrorism means a country the government of which the Secretary of State determines has repeatedly provided support for international terrorism pursuant to—
section 1754(c)(1)(A) of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (50 U.S.C. 4318(c)(1)(A));
section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2371);
section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2780); or
any other provision of law.