WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and HEAT Co-Chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) issued the following statement after the national average for gas prices soared to a new record-high of $5-per-gallon for the first time ever.“Directly caused by President Biden’s war on American energy, average national gas prices have hit $5-per-gallon, with many states facing even higher prices. Meanwhile, instead of lifting self-imposed impediments to increase American energy production, the Biden Administration is lifting tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels, and Congressional Democrats have failed to consider any legislation that would relieve this pain at the pump as hard-working taxpayers across the country struggle.   “These skyrocketing gas prices should come as no surprise. Gasoline prices began their steady climb from the earliest days of the Biden Administration. By canceling offshore oil and gas lease sales, scrapping the Keystone XL pipeline, and begging foreign dictators to produce more oil, President Biden has demonstrated he is more concerned about appeasing leftist, anti-energy activists over families who now must choose between filling their tank and feeding their families.  “The reality is that America can meet the world’s energy needs while keeping domestic prices low. Republicans have solutions to address the worst energy crisis our country has ever experienced, yet President Biden and Speaker Pelosi refuse to bring up our proposals as prices keep soaring. It’s past time for the Biden Administration to open up American energy production and help ease the pain families across America are feeling at the pump.”