House Skirts LNG Filibuster
Posted at 11 a.m. on July 11, 2014
For a fleeting moment, a California lawmaker played with the idea of a filibuster Thursday, as he pushed for a requirement that exports of liquefied natural gas be shipped by U.S. flagged vessels. After the chairwoman told Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., that debate on a point of order was not timed and could continue as long as it was on the issue, you could see the wheels turning.
“Did the chairwoman say that the time is unlimited as long as I speak to the subject?” he asked, laughing. It was after 5 p.m. and the House was in its second day of debate on the Energy-Water spending bill. Garamendi had previously floated the proposal, Bloomberg reports, to prop up the nation’s shipping industry.
“If we fail to take steps along the way to secure the maritime industry, we will see it disappear,” Garamendi said before running out of time to speak about his amendment. Energy-Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, raised a point of order, giving Garamendi another chance to talk. After briefly pondering the filibuster, he acquiesced.
“I’ll yield back, we’ll come back at this in a proper way,” he said.
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