WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) led a roundtable discussion focused on how Democrats’ far-left energy policies are hurting American families, workers, and small businesses. Whip Scalise pointed out that the Biden Administration’s out-of-control spending and radical climate agenda have raised the price of gasoline and electricity, making it more expensive for the average American to fuel their car and heat their home.
Whip Scalise highlighted that the natural gas tax and the Clean Electricity Performance Plan embedded in Democrats’ multi-trillion-dollar tax-and-spending spree directly hurts lower and middle-income families by raising their electricity bill by over $240 per year which breaks President Biden’s promise to not raise taxes on families making less than $400,000. Whip Scalise emphasized that House Republicans have a plan to fix President Biden’s self-made energy crisis and bring back American energy dominance which would lower American families’ energy prices.
Last week, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) launched a roundtable series highlighting the most egregious policies in President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ big government socialism bill. Representatives Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), and Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) joined Whip Scalise at the roundtable discussion. Joining the lawmakers were Anne Bradbury, CEO of the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC); Claudette Duff, President and CEO at Integrity Senior Services; Kristen Granier, Senior Director at American Gas Association; and Jim Wilkes, President, Director, and Co-Owner of Texland Petroleum, L.P to discuss how House Republicans can reduce energy costs for Americans.
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Whip Scalise’s remarks:
“Hi! I’m Congressman Steve Scalise, and we’re going to kick off this roundtable which is part of a series that Leader McCarthy has opened up to start talking about different pieces of President Biden’s reconciliation bill, which includes numerous taxes that would be very detrimental to America’s economy, but especially detrimental to families. And the hardest-hit people are going to be lower-income and middle-income people.
“And today, we’re going to be featuring the ‘Heat-Your-Home Taxes’ that are in this reconciliation package. And again, if you look at this multi-trillion-dollar bill, it’s thousands of pages long. There are a lot of people across America that haven’t seen all the details of it, and that’s why we are trying to highlight just what is really in the bill. And, as negotiations still go on to make it bigger, to spend more money in Washington, families know inflation that’s hurting them is caused by the spending in Washington that’s already been done. And that inflation would only get worse if we added trillions more spending and additional taxes that would hit families.
“When you talk about the ‘Heat-Your-Home Tax,’ what we’re specifically talking about is this methane tax, the natural gas tax, as well as the Clean Electricity Performance Plan that are embedded in President Biden’s reconciliation bill that he’s trying to ram through Congress as we speak. They’ve been trying to get an agreement on a deal before the President jets off to Europe. They still don’t have the deal, and we’re trying to get more and more Americans engaged to know what’s in this bill and how it would hurt families.
“When you think about gas prices, President Biden was just asked last week at a town hall meeting what is his answer to lower gas prices, and he said, ‘I don’t have a near-term answer.’ Well, Mr. President if you don’t have an answer for how to lower gas prices, the good news is we do. And, in fact, many of the bills that we’ve authored, and some of those authors are here, that would actually lower energy prices for families and get us back to producing enough energy for America.
“We were exporting energy all over the world. Today, we’re seeing prices through the roof for everything from gasoline, but now if they get this ‘Heat-Your-Home Tax,’ this would hit lower-income families the hardest. We all heard President Biden say, ‘Don’t worry. If you make less than $400,000, your taxes won’t go up.’ The bad news is that promise gets broken with the ‘Heat-Your-Home Taxes’ that President Biden is trying to impose on families. Because, as we look at maybe another cold winter, imagine if you’re going to be paying over $240 a year more in your electricity bills if President Biden gets his way.
“We as House Republicans, and some of our allies in the energy industry, are trying to prevent these taxes from hitting those families. And so, with that let me go around to a few of my colleagues, as well as some of our guests, that are here that can talk to specific sectors of the industry.”