House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday urged fellow Democrats to vote for a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill even though it lifts a 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil.
Pelosi's letter comes after Senate Democrats and President Obama signaled they support the legislation, which raises spending by $50 billion next year.
The House will vote on the bill Friday morning. With many conservatives likely to oppose the bill, Republicans need House Democrats to pass it.
Pelosi, of California, said she will vote for the bill, and earlier Thursday, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced his support.