McCaul Introduces Bill to Advance U.S. Energy Security Interests Abroad
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX), - a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee - and Eliot Engel (D-NY) - Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee - introduced H.R. 5535, the Energy Diplomacy Act. This legislation requires the Secretary of State to ensure the State Department has sufficient staff dedicated to energy matters within the Department to protect and advance United States energy security interest abroad.
Congressman McCaul: “Advancing America’s energy security is a critical aspect of U.S. foreign policy. Congress must ensure the State Department is properly staffed and authorized to execute strong policies to protect and promote our energy policies abroad. Under the direction of a new assistant secretary position, the State Department will have the leadership and personnel in place to execute a bold foreign policy that advances our nation’s international energy interests.”
H.R. 5535 also authorizes the establishment of an assistant secretary to be responsible for:
- The development of energy resources for the benefit of the US and our allies and trading partners for their energy security and economic development needs.
- Ensuring a well-functioning global energy market.
- Ensuring the department is focused on helping resolve international disputes regarding the exploration, development, production, or distribution of energy resources.
- Ensuring we are protecting the commercial interest of U.S. citizens operating in the energy markers of foreign countries.
- The use of our energy resources to help alleviate energy poverty internationally.
- Ensuring coordination across the U.S. government is taking place in the development and implementation of international energy-related sanctions.
- Coordinating energy security functions within the department of State.