Landrieu: 'Certain there will have to be' bill lifting crude export ban

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Wednesday gave a strong indication that legislation could be on its way to lift a decades-old crude oil export ban.

Landrieu, a known supporter of lifting the ban, told The Hill that legislation is likely.

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When asked if she and other supporters of lifting the ban, which was established during the 1970s oil embargoes, would put forward legislation to repeal it, Landrieu said she didn't see another route.

"I'm certain there will have to be," Landrieu said. "Unless the president can do this by executive order."

"Let's see what the hearing brings forth and then we can do a good strong sensible policy based on the facts," she added, referring to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing set for Thursday.

Landrieu is poised to take the top post of the Senate Energy Committee as Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the current chairman, is set to take the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee.

This year might be the perfect time for the soon-to-be chairwoman to propose a bill lifting the crude oil embargo, as she will have support from ranking member Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and a number of other Republicans on the committee.