Marino Votes to Lift the Ban on American Oil Exports
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) voted in favor of H.R. 702 – a bill to lift America’s self-imposed ban on crude oil exports. The legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 261-to-159.
Representative Marino issued the following statement about the bill’s passage:
“The federal government has gotten into the bad habit of shackling industry and job creators for too long while failing to reassess the needs of our current economy. This is true across many sectors but especially in America’s energy industry. When we see potential for job creation, revenue generation and competitiveness in global markets, we cannot afford to be indecisive – we must act.
Let historians debate the usefulness or effectiveness of the export ban. Today, the facts are clear. If our reserves are plentiful, which they are, and we have the ability to compete in the global marketplace, which we do, then it is time to lift the ban and get busy growing jobs. This bill has the potential to create over thirteen thousand jobs in Pennsylvania and support over one hundred and fifty job creators in the 10th District alone. When the facts speak that loudly, it is clear the ban’s shelf-life has expired.”