WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-MI) cosponsored legislation to prevent President Biden from punitively shutting down safe and existing energy pipelines like Line 5 without Congressional approval. The Protecting International Pipelines for Energy Security Act prohibits sole executive authority for revoking permits for the construction or operation of cross-border energy infrastructure facilities.
“Shutting down Line 5 in the middle of the winter would be deadly for those who rely on this pipeline to heat their homes. It would also cause fuel shortages at airports that rely on Line 5 for jet fuel during the holiday rush. It seems no one in the Biden Administration is thinking of the serious consequences shutting down this pipeline would have on not only Michigan, but the entire country,” said Rep. McClain. “I’m proud to join Rep. Walberg in introducing this legislation that would ensure President Biden get Congressional approval before shutting down crucial energy sources.”
“Across this country, hardworking families are facing skyrocketing heating costs this winter, and further constraining American energy will only make the crisis worse,” said Rep. Walberg. “Our international energy infrastructure should not be subject to the whims of an Administration that has repeatedly hurt America’s real world energy needs. Congressional approval should be required before the President unilaterally cancels a permit and blocks energy supplies that keep our homes warm and grow our economy. We continue to urge the Biden Administration to put the needs of Michigan families first.”
McClain joined Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Bob Latta (R-OH), Jack Bergman (R-MI), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), Troy Balderson (R-OH), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Bill Johnson (R-OH) and John Joyce (R-PA) in introducing this legislation.