WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) spoke on the House Floor about how President Biden’s continued assault on American energy has caused the price of gasoline to soar to record levels. Whip Scalise called out President Biden and Congressional Democrats for attempting to shift the blame for skyrocketing gas prices onto Vladimir Putin and American energy producers despite the fact that it has been the Biden Administration’s extreme climate agenda and inflationary policies that have caused energy prices to increase. Additionally, Whip Scalise slammed the Biden Administration for making it more difficult for U.S. producers to harness American energy by canceling long-planned oil and gas lease sales off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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Whip Scalise’s remarks:“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the gentlelady for yielding.“And here we are, it’s another week and another bill to try to divert attention away from what [President] Biden himself did to raise gas prices to the point where families can’t even afford to drive to work. Can’t even afford to go to the grocery to pay 15, 20 percent more for goods because of Biden’s inflation.“But, let’s start from the beginning. Let me read you a quote from candidate Joe Biden. ‘No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill. Period. Ends.’ That was Joe Biden, the candidate. Unfortunately, [on] day one he started doing just that – an assault on American energy, and what’s been the result?“Dramatically higher gas prices starting day one when he canceled the Keystone Pipeline. [It] wasn’t just that pipeline. He canceled any new pipelines to move oil in America. He’s not against all pipelines. He greenlighted Russia’s pipeline, let them sell their oil [to] Europe, canceled ours.“What else did he do? Well, let’s just hit a few of the points that are all, by the way, not included in this bill. So, no new leases on federal lands, in fact, just last week, amidst high gas prices, Biden shut down [oil and gas lease sales in] the Gulf of Mexico and [off the coast of] Alaska, some of the richest reserves in the United States, making us more addicted to foreign oil. In fact, if anybody’s going to be sued for gouging it should be the Gouger-in-Chief, Joe Biden who has created this problem.“But, this bill doesn’t allow him to be sued. You can sue other people in this bill and you can sue [your] local gas station if you don’t like the high price of gas, but you can’t sue the person who actually did these things that have increased the price of gasoline, [President] Biden.“Let’s actually open up America again. Stop relying on foreign countries for our energy when we can make it here – cleaner, better than anyone in the world and lower gas prices and address this problem. This bill doesn’t do it. We ought to bring up the bills that actually fix the problem.“With that, I yield back the balance of my time.”