The HEAT Report is a weekly newsletter focusing on how members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) promote American energy security, and an all-of-the-above energy economy.
As Americans across the country hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday, they’ll discover what has become the new normal in Joe Biden’s America — soaring gas prices.This week, the national average gas price per gallon reached $3.09. This is the highest level for this holiday weekend since 2014. With the American Automobile Association predicting that 43.6 million Americans will hit the road this weekend, demand will only climb as supply bottlenecks across the country struggle to keep up. For drivers, the only result will be higher prices at the pump for the foreseeable future.This problem, however, clearly doesn’t concern President Biden and Congressional Democrats. This week, they championed their wasteful, partisan infrastructure bill that promotes radical Green New Deal mandates and overburdensome regulations instead of much-needed improvements to America’s infrastructure.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki even admitted that the Biden Administration wants taxpayers to fund 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across rural America. This will be a tough sell to farmers and ranchers who can’t find workers.
Republicans are focused on achieving a significant infrastructure overhaul through common-sense solutions that reduce red tape and direct spending toward upgrading America’s roads, bridges, waterways, and broadband. Unfortunately, Democrats chose to continue down the road of partisanship instead of real reform.
This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:
Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) introduced the American Energy First Act, a bill which embraces an all-of-the-above energy strategy by opening up more areas to energy exploration, encouraging alternative sources of energy like offshore wind development, and cutting red tape to lower the cost of energy for hard-working families. Whip Scalise also condemned President Biden for waging an all-out assault on American energy, killing American energy jobs, and rewarding Russia by lifting sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
House Democrats blocked
consideration of HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan’s (R-S.C.) Protecting America Energy Production Act
to instead bring up an energy and job killing ‘Green New Deal’ infrastructure bill. With the help of Democrats in Congress, President Biden continues his war on American energy, killing American production while simultaneously waiving sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s friends and green-lighting Russian projects.
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) pressed
the Biden Administration on the devastating impacts of transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity like higher utility bills and the loss of jobs. During his questioning, he also highlighted
the fact that to replace just one coal power plant with windmills would require a landmass larger than the size of Houston, Texas, or 4 times the size of Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone’s district in New Jersey – 850 square miles.
In an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing, Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) bashed
Democrats’ terrible legislation that could force Arizona companies to be governed by the governor of California and could increase utility rates for consumers. Rep. Lesko also pointed out
that Democrats’ policies will drive up prices and hurt reliability because their timeline for switching to clean energy is totally unrealistic.
Representative Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) introduced
the Energy Poverty Prevention and Accountability Act
to ensure the radical left is held accountable by requiring transparency and accountability with new energy bills, regulations, and presidential actions. Rep. Hern’s bill also states that the Biden Administration can’t impose its leftist energy agenda without a thorough assessment and report on how specific actions, such as declaring a moratorium on the leasing of federal lands, prohibiting or delaying permits, and withdrawing federal land from forms of entry, impact energy costs for at-risk communities.
In an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing, Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) discussed efforts
Congress can make to advance grid modernization and current innovation being done by energy providers in Indiana.
Minnesota Workers joined Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)
in fighting the House Democrats’ appropriations rider that threatens taconite and critical mineral mining in northern Minnesota.
Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) introduced
legislation to protect Wyoming energy producers by amending the Mineral Leasing Act to permanently fix the federal royalty rate for surface coal and onshore oil and gas at 12.5%. Rep. Cheney also co-sponsored
H.R. 3796, the Eliminate Lavish Incentives to Electric (ELITE) Vehicles Act
, legislation to end the electric vehicles tax credit, which unfairly targets the energy industry and costs billions in taxpayer funds.
House GOP Actions:
On the House Floor, House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans spoke out in opposition to H.R. 3684, which is Democrats’ hyper-partisan infrastructure bill modeled after their job-killing “Green New Deal.”
The Response on Social Media:
Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) penned an op-ed in The Advocate slamming the Biden Administration’s restrictive, harmful energy policies while championing his all-of-the-above energy bill, the American Energy First Act.
Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) called out
President Biden for the continued rise in gas prices across the United States. Rep. Lesko also criticized
Democrats’ infrastructure package for its unrealistic climate goals that strengthen the Chinese Communist Party.
Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) highlighted
the importance of free market investment in modernizing America’s energy transmission system.
Representative David Rouzer (R-N.C.) noted
that President Biden’s America has led to skyrocketing gas prices, high inflation, and soaring crime rates in just six months.