The fight over liquefied natural gas exports has emerged as a major hurdle to passing an energy efficiency bill
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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and 19 other Democratic senators have urged President Obama to oppose expanded natural gas exports, intensifying an intraparty fight that has stalled action in the Senate on an energy efficiency bill.

“The United States has benefited from rising supplies and lower prices for natural gas since 2008. Thanks to lower natural gas prices, America’s manufacturing sector has created more than 600,000 jobs since 2010,” the Democratic senators wrote in a letter to Obama.

“We must ensure that we do not squander what is clearly an American competitive advantage right now for American manufacturers and for the American economy,” they wrote.

The issue of increased gas exports has divided the Senate Democratic caucus, pitting senators from manufacturing and Northeastern states against colleagues from energy abundant states.