What to Know in Washington: White House Snubs GOP LNG Policy

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The Biden administration has dismissed a deal with Speaker Mike Johnson to tie Ukraine aid to lifting the Biden administration’s pause of new liquefied natural gas export licenses.

“The president has been clear that House Republicans should pass the bipartisan national security agreement that already passed the Senate as soon as possible to get Ukraine the aid it urgently needs to defend itself from Russian tyranny,” the White House said in a statement yesterday.

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The White House

“The president supports the pause on pending, additional approvals of LNG export licenses to evaluate the economic and climate impacts on consumers and communities.”

Johnson (R-La.) in recent weeks has expressed an interest in linking aid for Ukraine and Israel to a reversal of the pause and raised the issue with Biden in a one-on-one meeting late last month, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Johnson hinted that he planned to bring a Ukraine aid package that could include language reversing the pause to the floor after the House returns from its spring recess on April 9.

It remains to be seen if Democrats, who Johnson would likely need to pass the measure in the face of opposition from hard-line conservative Republicans, would go along with such a plan. Read more from Ari Natter and Jennifer Jacobs.


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To contact the reporters on this story: Brandon Lee in Washington at blee@bgov.com; Jeannie Baumann in Washington at jbaumann@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kayla Sharpe at ksharpe@bloombergindustry.com; Giuseppe Macri at gmacri@bgov.com

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