Chairman Royce Announces Hearing on Geopolitical Potential of U.S. Energy Resources
*Note: Date Change and Witness Additions
Focus on “effort to break Russia’s energy grip over Ukraine and other European countries”
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that on Wednesday, March 26, he will convene a hearing to examine the geopolitical potential of U.S. energy resources. The hearing, entitled “The Geopolitical Potential of the U.S. Energy Boom”, will begin at 10 a.m. ET.
Following the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, Chairman Royce has been a vocal proponent of the United States taking steps to increase energy exports to reduce Vladimir Putin’s strategic leverage.
Last week, the House overwhelmingly passed H. Res. 499, authored by Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel, which condemns the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty by Russian forces, endorses sanctions on Russia and calls on the U.S. to promote increased natural gas exports to reduce Putin’s leverage. Also last week, Royce penned an op-ed in the Orange County Register calling for increased U.S. energy exports.
Chairman Royce on the hearing: “Current U.S. policies that restrict energy exports weaken our diplomatic efforts. Exporting U.S. energy not only benefits our national security, it also boosts the U.S. economy and creates American jobs. This hearing presents the Committee with an especially timely opportunity to examine how to better utilize U.S. natural resources in an effort to break Russia’s energy grip over Ukraine and other European countries, which undermines their security.”
*10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26
2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Admiral Dennis C. Blair, USN, Retired
Mr. Harold Hamm
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