Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Rush Statement on Passage of H.R. 702, Change in U.S. Policy on Crude Oil Exports

Oct 9, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 702, to Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions. This legislation would change current U.S. policy by lifting all restrictions on crude oil exports.

Rush submitted an amendment that was not allowed by the majority party which would have expanded access for minority- and women-owned firms to more fully participate in the energy supply chain if the export ban is lifted.

“My most pressing concern is making sure, up front and from the beginning, that minority firms would be part of the pipeline and would directly benefit from vendor and contracting opportunities that lifting this ban would create. As I have stated to my colleagues time and time again: Cut us in or cut it out!”

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) was approved by a 261-159 vote and now must await Senate action. The White House Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday said it would recommend that President Barack Obama veto the measure if it reaches his desk.