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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on passage of H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act:

“Each year, America produces more and more energy than we previously thought possible. New innovative technologies, like hydraulic fracturing, give us the ability to extract our natural gas and oil resources that were previously unreachable.

“This increase in energy production allows us to export liquefied natural gas to our allies for the first time in decades. Opening up these new markets to U.S. energy producers will not only add to our economy and create jobs, it will also bolster our allies across the world by reducing the influence of troublesome natural gas exporters like Russia and Iran.

“Many of our NATO allies—such as Hungary, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic—rely on Russia for more than half of their gas. Yet Russia’s actions against Ukraine show that President Putin has no problem using energy as a weapon. By exporting our excess energy to our partners abroad, we undercut countries that can use energy to blackmail our allies while also boosting our weak economy.

“I would like to thank Representative Cory Gardner (CO-4) for his leadership on this bill to help foster prosperity at home and stability abroad.”