A Texas Democrat says he believes the U.S. House will pass legislation lifting the country’s 40-year-old ban on most crude oil exports — even amid a frenzy of activity in the upcoming session.
“The House is going to pass it,” U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Laredo, said Wednesday in an interview.
Cuellar, among the handful of Texans in Congress actively pushing to overturn the ban, acknowledged that looming debates on the Iran deal, abortion and the highway bill — plus efforts to avert a government shutdown — could limit attention to the issue. Nevertheless, the Democrat said he feels confident that at least the House can hash out a deal.
“I think this one has some momentum. I’ve talked to [Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee] Fred Upton,” he said. “It’s a matter of whether it’s a single-shot bill, or whether it’s going to be tied into something. I think it’s going to be tied up to something.”