Democrats Block Motion to Make US Energy Independent the Same Day Biden Tells Oil Companies to Start Producing More or Else
House Democrats have blocked a motion by Republicans to consider a bill that would give back energy independence to the U.S and end any reliance on foreign oil and gas.
This is the fourth time Democrats have blocked the motion and while they play games in Congress, Americans are feeling the pinch of rising oil and gas prices and dwindling supplies.
A motion was offered to block the previous question on the House floor. If they had been successful in blocking the previous question, the House could consider H.R. 6858 – the American Energy Independence from Russia Act – which would support energy production in America.
The motion was blocked by the Democrats – with 218 voting against the motion – the second time it has been blocked in March, and the bill was offered by Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) both times and was initially introduced by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR).
If they had of been successful, the bill would have:
• Approved the Keystone XL pipeline.
• Removed all restrictions on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.
• Restarted oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters.
• Protected American energy and mineral development from attacks by the administration.
• Require the administration to submit an energy security plan within 30 days and requires Biden’s energy secretary to develop a plan to replace oil drawn down from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
The very same day the motion was blocked, Joe Biden urged American oil companies to restart production to lower the costs of gas and oil. Biden even went as far to threaten the oil companies with punishment if they didn’t increase supply.
Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader (R-CA), called for America to “replace Russian energy with American energy independence & accelerating energy exports to our allies.”
Before the change of heart, Biden was looking to Venezuela and Iran for oil supply. Now he is encouraging more production, Biden accused oil companies of “hoarding” federal oil leases.
In support of the resolution, House Republicans took the floor and Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) said, “While Putin continues to wage war on Ukraine, exposing our dependence on Russian energy. Biden continues to wage war on our domestic oil and gas industry that provides sustainable, reliable energy to the American people.”
He added, “This week, Biden doubled down his attack by releasing a budget that includes an astonishing $45 billion in tax hikes on American energy producers.”
Rep. John Joyce slammed Biden’s poor decision-making:
“In his budget, President Biden has chosen to put solar panels ahead of natural gas. He has chosen to put windmills ahead of coal. He has chosen the Green New Deal ahead of Pennsylvanians,”
Adding, “Now the president has decided to ridiculously release oil from our Strategic [Petroleum] Reserves without a concrete plan to refill them.”