WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon news that President Trump directed the Department of Energy to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to maximum capacity by purchasing American-made crude oil:

“In the face of market manipulation by Russia and Saudi Arabia and decreased demand caused by a global economic slowdown, President Trump has taken decisive action to both shore up our Strategic Petroleum Reserve and ensure that American oil and gas producers can stay competitive and keep American workers on the job. This decision takes advantage of the lowest crude oil prices in years. It bolsters a major asset in our national security strategy and is true to the spirit of President Trump’s ‘buy American, hire American’ economic policies. I applaud the Trump Administration’s strong leadership in this critical time.”