Heitkamp Statement on Successful Push to Loosen the U.S. Oil Exports Ban

My Approved PortraitsSenate.gov, Friday, August 14, 2015

Heitkamp and Murkowski Urged Commerce Dept to Authorize Oil Swaps With Mexico in February – Which the Administration Today Heeded – as Part of Her Broader Push to Lift the U.S. Oil Exports Ban

BISMARCK, N.D. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today responded to the Administration’s landmark decision to allow limited sales of U.S. crude oil to Mexico for the first time – a step Heitkamp vocally called for earlier this year, and a promising development in her push to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports all together.

“This loosening of the antiquated ban on U.S. oil exports is a major victory for those who, like myself, wonder why our country is hurting itself by not letting U.S. oil into the global marketplace,” said Heitkamp. “After calling for oil swaps with Mexico earlier this year, it’s encouraging the Administration has responded with action. Though my work to lift the oil exports ban isn’t done, today’s news shows that such concerted efforts to lift the ban are gaining traction and changing policy in Washington. Oil is the only commodity in North Dakota that faces these sorts of export restrictions, and it’s past time for that to change.”

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U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is the first female Senator elected from North Dakota. She took the oath of office on January 3, 2013.