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.
The Latest:
Last week, President Biden and Congressional Democrats once again missed their self-imposed deadline and failed to deliver on their promise of enacting a big government, socialist agenda. This week began with them punting yet again as they frantically attempt to cobble a new version of their multi-trillion-dollar tax-and-spend bonanza. House Republicans held a “Heat-Your-Home Tax” roundtable discussion, where they highlighted the taxes and hidden costs that will cut into American household finances and cause already-soaring inflation to skyrocket across America. There’s no sugarcoating it – the “Build Back China Act” will destroy hard-working Americans’ livelihoods, wreck our economy by waging war on American energy, and ship good-paying jobs overseas to our adversaries who emit more carbon at drastically higher rates.


But the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats remain oblivious to the concerns of the American people. Last week, Biden admitted that he doesn’t have a “near-term answer” to lower gas prices, which have already risen for over 27 days straight in the U.S. Yet he’s trying to ram through a “Heat-Your-Home Tax” that will impact lower-income families the most — directly breaking his promise not to raise taxes on families making under $400,000 per year.


This week, Biden traveled to Glasgow for the United Nation’s COP26 Summit intent on making new commitments to further weaken American energy security. But while President Biden is disappointed that China and Russia “didn’t show up,” the joke is on him as China, Russia, and OPEC fully intend to fill in for Biden’s energy absence and increase their influence over European allies. If Biden and Congressional Democrats truly wanted to reduce emissions and kickstart our economy, then they would recreate the energy dominance we saw under the Trump Administration instead of relying upon the same green energy failures.


This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:


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 American families to fuel their cars and heat their homes.



Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) testified at a House Oversight Committee hearing with energy executives and highlighted the oil and gas industry’s track record of providing clean, affordable energy, empowering all Americans, and improving the quality of life here in the U.S. and around the world.



Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) ridiculed the Biden Administration’s anti-American energy agenda for creating an affordability and reliability crisis for hard-working Americans across the country.



Representative Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) penned an op-ed in the Delaware Gazette last week denouncing the misguided actions taken by the Biden Administration that are weakening U.S. energy security and making it more expensive for Americans to put gas in their cars and heat their homes.



At an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing, Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) addressed the growing backlog of new chemical applications at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is stifling innovation and limiting America’s ability to manufacture PPE and key energy technologies. Rep. McKinley also addressed recent policy changes that have reduced EPA’s availability to industry, limiting transparency and slowing work down.




Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) slammed President Biden’s response to surging gas prices and high energy costs on the House floor, stating that Congressional Democrats’ extreme policies in their $5 trillion tax-and-spending spree will only further increase consumer costs and undermine American energy.



Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) joined House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) at their weekly leadership press stakeout to highlight President Biden’s energy crisis. The Biden administration’s energy policies are expensive for consumers, hostile to domestic energy producers, and terrible for American workers.



Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) led a Congressional delegation to northeastern Pennsylvania with Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Representative Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.). They visited a local college whose petroleum and natural gas program is training the next generation of American energy workers. The delegation also visited several drilling sites and compressor stations located within Pennsylvania’s 12th District—which produces up to ten percent of the nation’s dry natural gas on any given day.




Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) pointed out how Congressional Democrats’ “Heat-Your-Home Tax” in their multi-trillion-dollar spending spree could raise heating bills by as much as $242 next year.



Representative Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) is leading a letter to United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimando, and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressing concerns about the Mexican Government’s recent actions to exclude private companies from its energy sector in an effort to centralize government control over the country’s energy industry, violating the terms of USMCA.



Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) joined a roundtable discussion led by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to denounce Congressional Democrats’ anti-energy Green New Deal reconciliation bill while discussing the Republican pro-job and low-cost agenda. Rep. Stauber also sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer with 18 other Republicans demanding the harmful CEPP carbon tax scheme, which would exponentially drive up the cost of energy for American families, be removed.



Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) signed onto a letter with Energy and Commerce Committee Republican members asking Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to explain what the Biden Administration’s strategy is to combat price surges and supply shortages.



Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) participated in a roundtable discussion with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to keep bringing attention to the Biden Administration’s flawed policies and their impact on gas prices.



Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) participated in a roundtable discussion led by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) focusing on how Congressional Democrats’ far-left energy policies are hurting American families, workers, and small businesses.





The Response on Social Media:


Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) blasted President Biden for serving the interests of Saudi oil companies over the needs of hard-working American families.



Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) spoke on the floor to discuss Congressional Democrats’ “Heat-Your-Home Tax,” detailing the detrimental effects of President Biden’s attacks on American energy and the inflationary effects of Democrats’ out-of-control government spending.



Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) slammed President Biden and Congressional Democrats for attempting to push through their reckless $5 trillion tax-and-spending spree. Rep. Pence also pointed out rising utility bills for families throughout Indiana.




Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) noted that President Biden would rather punish the middle class with high energy prices for using oil and natural gas than unleashing American energy and lower prices for American families.



Representative Steve Womack (R-Ark.) blasted the Biden Administration for surging gas prices, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, and killing thousands of energy jobs.



Representative Clay Higgins (R-La.) slammed Congressional Democrats’ attacks on America’s energy industry.



Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) denounced President Biden and Congressional Democrats for their devastating energy policies which have caused gas prices to soar, all while touting their tax-and-spending spree which will cause inflation to skyrocket.



Representative Tom Cole (R-Okla.) called out President Biden for dismantling American energy independence and urged the Biden Administration to change course on its inflationary policies.



Representative Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) pointed out that President Biden has driven gas prices through the roof less than one year in office.