WASHINGTON, July 19, 2017 - The House of Representatives this week will consider the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act, which aims to ease international energy exchange. The purpose of HR 2883 is to establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity. The bill would loosen restrictions by amending the Natural Gas Act as it applies to natural gas trade with Canada and Mexico. One of the proposed changes eliminates a need for presidential permits for such import/export activity. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla.