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Foreign aid update

Apr 18, 2024
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The omission of LNG language in the House's foreign aid bills means fewer realistic paths for the GOP to reverse the export pause.

The big picture: Republicans need help from Democrats to pass the foreign aid bills, and leadership intends them to be bipartisan.

State of play: The foreign aid package is split into four bills: Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan and a "sidecar" with sanctions and other policy items.

Zoom in: Rep. August Pfluger has proposed an amendment to the Ukraine title that would add his bill to kick export approval authority over to FERC.

  • He's also proposed a DOE funding prohibition contingent on the agency granting pending LNG terminal applications.

What's next: The Rules Committee was still deciding which amendments would get floor consideration as of press time.

  • But LNG could be a poison pill that derails support from Democrats.
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