House Democrats on Wednesday blocked for the fifth time a motion by Republicans that would have introduced a bill that would have backed American energy to help lower the price of gas for all Americans.
Republicans moved a motion to block the previous question on the floor of the House on Wednesday night. If the previous question is deadlocked, the House could consider Republican-led HR 6858, the US Energy Independence from Russia Act, to support US energy production across the country.
But, for the fifth time, Democrats blocked the motion in favor of the bill just a week after President Joe Biden urged US oil companies to start producing more oil and threatened them with sanctions if they don’t. were not responding. If the Republican-led bill passes, it would have provided a solution Biden is seeking by supporting U.S. energy production across the country and helping to lower the rising cost of gas.
On Wednesday, the bill was proposed by Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), who also proposed the bill twice last month. However, it was defeated – for the fifth time – as 221 House Democrats voted against the motion.
The bill was originally introduced by Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) to promote American energy independence in late February. The bill would:
- Immediately approved the Keystone XL pipeline.
- Removal of all restrictions on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports
- Restarting oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters — which the Biden administration halted.
- Protected US energy and mining development from administration attacks.
- Require the administration to submit an energy security plan within 30 days and demand that Biden’s energy secretary develop a plan to replace oil extracted from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
As House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) put it called for the United States to “replace Russian energy with American energy independence and accelerate energy exports to our allies” to show strength to deter past adversaries, Biden is instead turning to countries like the Venezuela and even possibly Iran for oil, until he finally backtracked on Thursday by urging oil companies to start producing and accusing them of “hoarding” federal oil leases.
Several House Republicans spoke on the floor of the house in support of this resolution, including Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA).
“For the United States to become energy independent and secure, we must have a comprehensive approach to the above energy policy,” Miller-Meeks said. “We must free up our natural resources and produce our own clean, efficient energy here at home to ensure low energy prices and promote American jobs in our communities.”
“Rather than promoting policies that hinder U.S. energy production and ceding security to adversarial nations like Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, we should be promoting exploration here at home and unleashing our potential,” continued the Republican. “We must ensure that the current ban on Russian energy is sustainable by prioritizing American energy production, including biofuels.”
This sensible bill to promote domestic energy production and cut Russia off from our markets.
We MUST prioritize American energy. pic.twitter.com/9f3InaRFD9
– Rep. Marianne Miller-Meeks, MD (@RepMMM) April 6, 2022
“Last week, the president released a budget proposal that included $45 billion in new taxes on home energy production,” she said, hammering Biden for his destructive policies. “This is in addition to other disastrous decisions over the past year and a half, such as those to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline and the current delay to the five-year offshore power leasing program in the Gulf of Mexico. “
“These policies are not working for hard-working American families and businesses facing high inflation and skyrocketing gas prices.”
Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter.