Washington — The U.S. House will vote this month on lifting the 40-year-old ban on exports of crude oil, a policy change backed by Louisiana members of Congress who say it will create jobs in the state, the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Tuesday.

The House Energy & Commerce Committee is expected to vote this week on a bill to end the ban, imposed during the energy crisis in the 1970s, the office said.

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee recently approved legislation to end the ban. But opposition from environmentalists could pose problems for the proposal in the full Senate, and the Obama Administration has signaled its disfavor.