As lawmakers in Washington consider lifting the decades-old ban on crude oil exports, voices from around the country are weighing in on what the move would mean for the American public.

The oil industry’s top trade group has released a pair of brand new TV ads that tell viewers that lifting the ban would be good for national security and our economy. The American Petroleum Institute is running the ads in 12 states, including Colorado. The group estimates that allowing the foreign sale of US crude could increase domestic production by half a million barrels a day by 2020.

Each year, Iranians gather with their families on the first day of spring to herald a new year. UW Persian Student Association President, Mohammad Soltaniehha, says that at the center of a family’s celebration is a symbolic table filled with elements of creation and life, "This table always reminds me of family because that’s the time we have tried always be together."