FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Liz Zornes (512) 463-0746
DECEMBER 18, 2015
REP. ANCHIA AND SEN. SELIGER REACT TO CONGRESS’ DECISION TO LIFT THE CRUDE OIL EXPORT BAN
Chairman Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) joined together to applaud Congress for voting to lift the 40-year old ban on American crude oil exports.
Seliger and Anchia worked jointly during the 2015 Legislature to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 13, “Urging the U.S. Congress to end the ban on crude oil exports.” The measure was passed with nearly unanimous support from both the Texas House and Senate, with only one “nay” vote coming from the two chambers. A bipartisan group of more than a hundred Texas legislators added their names as co-authors to the resolution.
Chairman Anchia offered this comment:
“As the world’s largest producer of oil and gas, America can now freely export these valuable resources to our allies. Lifting the crude export ban makes our allies less dependent on hostile regimes like Russia and Venezuela. At the same time, it will also bolster our domestic economy and create Texas jobs”
Senator Seliger offered this comment:
“Lifting the decades-old ban on crude oil exports is a tremendous victory. American producers will once again have access to a global market, providing an opportunity for growth in investments, GDP, and job creation. I am pleased to see that Congress can pass common sense legislation at a time when our nation needs it the most.”