CONG. WEBER: Biden Attacks U.S. Energy Leadership & Texas with LNG Export Ban, as Failed Border Agenda Continues

LNG is vital to America's energy leadership, our security, and our future. I will continue to fight for Southeast Texas in Washington. 

Texas Insider Report: (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  On January 26, President Joe Biden inexplicably announced an indefinite ban on pending LNG Export Projects (for Liquified Natural Gas.) A ban that could stretch past the November election, a real impact that can hurt Port Arthur, Texas.

As a result, I've been intensely focused on the impacts this will have on our local communities, and last week held a roundtable in Port Arthur to discuss President Biden's LNG export ban with Port Arthur LNG, Golden Pass LNG, and Cheniere LNG – along with local officials and stakeholders from the community.

Our community benefits tremendously from the LNG industry in Port Arthur. The industry has created countless jobs for Texans to provide for their families, has invested billions of dollars back into our community, and has even provided support to educate the next generation. 
Port Arthur LNG broke ground in March of 2023, and they have been under construction for their Phase One project since then.

Port Arthur LNG will not be able to move forward with its Phase Two project because of President Biden's actions.

It will be the biggest project impacted by President Biden's ban. It will put the facility in limbo.

It will cost our community countless jobs and lead to much uncertainty. 

We are talking about jobs. We are talking about American energy. We are talking about clean energy. We are talking about the future of the greatest Nation the world has ever known – and the fact that she does not have to depend on anybody else in the world for her energy. Nor do other countries and our allies have to rely on Russia for their energy when they can actually get it from their friends in the United States of America.

LNG is vital to America's energy leadership, our security, and our future. I will continue to fight for Southeast Texas in Washington. 

Border Update

Since Joe Biden took office and enacted his failed Far Left open borders agenda, there have been over 7.2 million illegal immigrants who have entered the United States through our Southern Border – an amount greater than the population of 36 states. House Republicans have been sounding the alarm about the catastrophic effects of President Biden's open border policies since he began his term.
That is larger than the population of:
  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Delaware
  7. Hawaii
  8. Idaho
  9. Indiana
  10. Iowa
  11. Kansas
  12. Kentucky
  13. Louisiana
  14. Maine
  15. Maryland
  16. Massachusetts
  17. Minnesota
  18. Mississippi
  19. Missouri
  20. Montana
  21. Nebraska
  22. Nevada
  23. New Hampshire
  24. New Mexico
  25. North Dakota
  26. Oklahoma
  27. Oregon
  28. Rhode Island
  29. South Carolina
  30. South Dakota
  31. Tennessee
  32. Utah
  33. Vermont
  34. West Virginia
  35. Wisconsin, and
  36. Wyoming
After the President has surrendered the border to cartels and smugglers, after tens of thousands of Americans have tragically lost their lives due to fentanyl poisoning, after countless unaccompanied minors and young people have been subjected to human trafficking, and after millions of illegal aliens have been scattered by the Biden administration throughout our country – the President suddenly seems interested in trying to make a change using the legal authority that he claimed until recently didn't exist.

If these reports are accurate and the President intends to take action, he can show he's serious by changing more than asylum policy. He should begin by reinstituting the 'Remain in Mexico' policy and ending his administration's abuse of the parole system and other critical reforms.

We need action. We need to enforce the policies on the books. In fact, I introduced H.R.6477 to do just that, take action and reinstate this important border policy.

We have lost control of the southern border. Look at the numbers above. Since October of 2023, more Chinese nationals have crossed illegally into Border Patrol's San Diego sector in recent months than Mexican nationals. There are also reports that thousands have crossed illegally into the San Diego sector in fiscal year 2024 from "special interest" countries like Afghanistan, Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Russia, etc. Their citizens are supposed to receive additional federal vetting after apprehension. We know they are not doing that. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released their FY'23 report. Per the report, 288 Chinese nationals were deported from the U.S. in fiscal year 2023, despite more than 24,000 Chinese nationals being encountered at the border during the same year. Only 834 Venezuelan nationals were deported in fiscal year 2023. Context: There were approximately 335,000 Venezuelan nationals encountered in fiscal year 2023. Just over 201,000 of them were apprehended by Border Patrol after crossing illegally.

We have no idea who is in this country. We need to secure the border immediately. 
Congressman Randy Weber represents the 14th District of Texas, and serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee which has the broadest jurisdiction of any legislative committee in Congress. He also serves on the House Science Space & Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Energy's, and the EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) Energy Research & Development Programs, as well as all Environmental Standards and Research Programs.