House passes energy bill that includes lifting ban on oil exports


A comprehensive energy bill that includes repealing the ban on crude oil exports and would expedite the export of liquefied natural gas passed the House Thursday morning.

The North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act passed the House 249-174. Proponents say the legislation would modernize energy infrastructure, protect the electrical system, strengthen energy security and improve efficiency in the country's energy sector.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., praised the legislation as a "far-reaching bill" that allows "our energy to power America's success in the 21st century."

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