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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed July 25th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      House Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedApril 17th, 2018

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What is it?

This bill ― the Energy Diplomacy Act of 2018 ― would require the Secretary of State to ensure the State Department has sufficient staff dedicated to energy matters within the agency to protect and advance U.S. energy security interests abroad.

It’d repeal the Coordinator for International Energy Affairs and replace it with an authorization for an Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, which would have the following responsibilities:

  • The development of energy resources for the benefit of the US and our allies and trading partners for their energy security and economic development needs.

  • Ensuring a well-functioning global energy market.

  • Ensuring the department is focused on helping resolve international disputes regarding the exploration, development, production, or distribution of energy resources.

  • Ensuring we are protecting the commercial interest of U.S. citizens operating in the energy markers of foreign countries.

  • The use of our energy resources to help alleviate energy poverty internationally.

  • Ensuring coordination across the U.S. government is taking place in the development and implementation of international energy-related sanctions.

  • Coordinating energy security functions within the department of State.

Impact

U.S. national security; allied energy security; and the State Dept.

Cost

The CBO estimates that implementing the bill would codify current policies and practices and would have no effect on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Introduced by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Energy Diplomacy Act requires the Secretary of State to ensure the State Department has sufficient staff dedicated to energy matters within the Department to protect and advance U.S. energy security interests abroad.

“Advancing America’s energy security is a critical aspect of U.S. foreign policy. Congress must ensure the State Department is properly staffed and authorized to execute strong policies to protect and promote our energy policies abroad,” said McCaul. “Under the direction of a new assistant secretary position, the State Department will have the leadership and personnel in place to execute a bold foreign policy that advances our nation’s international energy interests.”

In August 2017, the State Department requested that Congress repeal the decade-old statute establishing the Coordinator for International Affairs since the Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources already fulfills the responsibilities of the Coordinator. This duplication is unnecessary and has created confusion about the role of the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), which leads the State Department's efforts to forge international energy policy, strengthen U.S. and global energy security, and respond to energy challenges from around the world that affect U.S. economic policy and national security.

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote.


Media:

Summary by Lucas McConnell

(Photo Credit: DrAfter123/iStock)

AKA

Energy Diplomacy Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 regarding energy diplomacy and security within the Department of State, and for other purposes.

    "The US" does not have energy interests in other countries. Energy companies who would rather wield the stick of government than play in a free market, though, they have interests that they'd be happy to use the State Department to address.
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    Let oil companies do that themselves. BTW, stop subsidizing them as well as agriculture!
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    👍🏻H.R. 5535 ― the Energy Diplomacy Act👍🏻 This bill H.R.5535 ― the Energy Diplomacy Act of 2018 ― Which would require the Secretary of State to ensure the State Department has sufficient staff dedicated to energy matters within the agency to protect and advance U.S. energy security interests abroad. This bill will help ensure that we have enough energy for both the U.S. and her allies now and in the future to help ensure global stability by improving coordination of diplomatic matters related to energy. 7*25*18 .......
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    If this security measures are not already in place, like right after WWII then we are way late for this bill to even have any effect. It would be like a dollar short and a day late.
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    If the State Department isn’t already adequately staffed to handle matters related to energy diplomacy, then it’s unlikely this bill will significantly improve America’s energy security.
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    Fully staff the State Department. Fully fund the State Department.
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    American foreign energy policy is incredibly important and should be a main policy goal with most foreign nations.
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    We need to understand what our president and other elected officials are doing. Currently, foreign affairs are very tense and the American people need to know what all these people and specifically the president are doing. Our president’s actions and words are important and we need to know
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    We have the capacity for the USA to have 100% domestically produced energy security. Work on that instead of continuing our unhealthy dependence on foreign oil.
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    Other than eliminating an office that is duplicative, this bill sounds intended to advance the interests of the fossil fuel companies.
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    Yes. But it has to be clean energy!!!
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    Definalty yes. American energy interest must come first. Our country is no longer for sale.
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    This belongs in the energy department.
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    Don’t we have a Department of Energy? Can this be included in their department’s mission?
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    We don’t need another bill to reinforce the state department. We need a leader that supports it. The state department has been gutted under trump. Spend your effort fixing the damage he’s done already.
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    Yeah maybe there should be a Marine Military Branch, oh wait there already is just like there already is a space corps within the air force. The Coast Gaurd should would to clean up our debri.
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    The bill will help ensure that we have enough energy for both the U.S. and her allies now and in the future to help ensure global stability by improving coordination of diplomatic matters related to energy.
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    At least we can try this for a year and see what happens I kinda like this bill but I really want to see if it works or not. And to me this is not a bipartisan bill so please work on that part!
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    Isn’t that a part of their job already? If trump hadn’t cut the State Dept budget AND all positions were staffed this issue wouldn’t exist. More inexperienced ignorant govt from the habitual whoring liar!
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