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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act:

“During the State of the Union last night, President Obama urged Republicans and Democrats to ‘set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.’ Today, the House is doing just that with a bill that streamlines permitting for all interstate natural gas pipelines. Unfortunately and ironically, though the President says he wants to look higher than just one pipeline, he has already threatened to veto this bill that would help deliver affordable energy across America. This marks the President’s seventh veto threat in the past three weeks alone.

“Representative Mike Pompeo’s (KS-04) strong and straightforward bill improves energy infrastructure, meaning lower energy costs and more jobs. With bipartisan legislation like this, the President should set his sights higher than the veto pen.”