McCaul Bill to Promote U.S. Energy Security Interests Abroad Passes Foreign Affairs Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauds the committee passage of his legislation: H.R. 5535, the Energy Diplomacy Act.
Congressman McCaul: “I want to thank my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for their support advancing this important piece of legislation out of committee. America’s energy security is a critical aspect of U.S. foreign policy. This is why Congress must ensure the State Department is properly staffed and authorized to execute strong policies to protect and promote our energy security interests abroad. I look forward to this legislation being brought to the House floor for a vote so we can do exactly that.”
You can click here to watch Congressman McCaul’s committee remarks on his bill.
Below are Congressman McCaul’s remarks as prepared:
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Engel,
Thank you for holding today’s markup.
The bills before us are critical to strengthening U.S. engagement and protecting our national security interests across the globe. I would like to commend the bipartisan efforts of my colleagues and I look forward to helping advance these measures to the Floor.
I also thank Chairman Royce for including my legislation, the Energy Diplomacy Act, as part of this markup.
Across the globe, our friends and allies are looking for a stable and reliable supply of American energy.
However, in regions such as Eastern Europe, our allies are still living under the heavy hand of Russia - a destabilizing regime that constantly exploits the vulnerabilities posed by Europe’s reliance on their natural gas.
Since coming to Congress, I have advocated for a foreign policy that helps alleviate our allies’ reliance on unpredictable regimes to meet their energy needs.
In 2015, I helped champion the repeal of the outdated crude oil export ban.
Now, U.S. producers are finding new customers in both Asia and Europe.
But we must go a step further.
This is why I authored the Energy Diplomacy Act.
This legislation elevates the Bureau of Energy Resources at the State Department by replacing the international energy affairs coordinator with an assistant Secretary to carry out the Department’s functions internationally on behalf of the United States.
It also ensures the State Department is staffed with sufficient personnel to support our mission.
This will empower the State Department to promote and advance a bold energy diplomacy policy abroad.
Chairman Royce, ranking member Engel, thank you again for holding today’s important markup. I yield back the balance of my time.