Democrats in the House just BLOCKED Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ (R-WA) amendment to stop the Biden administration from selling our strategic energy reserves to China.
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) offered the amendment as a motion to recommit on the House Floor.
“I request support from my colleagues on a very simple amendment. This amendment would prohibit the Department of Energy from sending America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves to China.
“Supporting this language is common sense, especially since we need to focus on increasing energy production and not supporting our adversaries while Americans are still suffering from outrageously high fuel prices.
“These reserves are meant to be used for emergencies only. They are not meant to be used when our leadership has failed us by unnecessarily restricting domestic energy production.
“What is even more concerning is that under the Biden administration our Strategic Petroleum Reserves supplies have been severely diminished, and it does not make sense that we are using our already depleted energy supplies to help China build up their own strategic reserves.
“It is irresponsible and dangerous for the United States to provide our foreign adversaries with fuel that we desperately need to keep here in the United States in case of an emergency.
“It seems the Biden administration is helping to support China’s national security at the expense of our own.
“It has been suggested that selling resources from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would help reduce fuel prices here at home, and that is simply not true.
“What we should be doing instead is supporting our energy producers here in the United States. We have abundant resources that can and should be used. We are deliberately holding our country back by overregulating and stifling our domestic energy producers.
“The very last thing we should be doing is sending our precious resources from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China. I urge all my colleagues to support the United States national security by supporting this amendment.”
On Monday, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released a statement on the dire need for Congress to protect America’s strategic oil reserves from the Chinese Communist Party.
“President Biden is draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserves and sending our emergency reserves to China – that’s not a solution to the energy crisis that Americans are suffering from today. My amendment would protect our stockpile and prohibit the sale of America’s strategic crude oil reserves to China.
“President Biden needs to remember that our strategic energy reserves are for emergencies, not to cover-up the consequences of him shutting down American energy. The purpose of America’s strategic reserves is to keep America powered during emergencies, not communist dictatorships.
“To lower prices, President Biden’s focus should be flipping the switch on American energy production. That’s why Republicans are leading on solutions like the American Energy Independence from Russia Act which reverses his war on domestic energy production. It permits drilling on federal lands and waters, approves the Keystone XL pipeline, unleashes U.S. LNG exports, and protects energy and mineral development from government attacks.”
WATCH how Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) told the House Rules Committee why this amendment is needed to protect America’s national and energy security.