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:President Biden’s self-created energy crisis reached a new level over the weekend when average national gas prices crossed the $5-per-gallon threshold – an eye-popping increase that is forcing millions of Americans to choose between filling up their gas tanks and feeding their families. With the May consumer price index report showing that inflation remained at a 40-year-high, it is long past time for this Administration to embrace policies that will unleash American energy and provide relief to Americans’ pocketbooks. But President Biden and Congressional Democrats continue to ignore the pain that hardworking Americans are feeling at the pump. The Administration is pushing to lift tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels while choosing not to hold a single offshore oil and gas lease sale this year. Meanwhile, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) seems to think Americans should just buy electric vehicles to avoid skyrocketing gas prices. By the way, the average cost of an electric vehicle is more than $56,000. President Biden could immediately ease the burden on American families by reversing his failed anti-American energy agenda and opening up American energy production. It’s up to him to determine how long he wants the worst energy crisis in American history to continue.This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and HEAT Co-Chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) released a statement blasting President Biden’s war on American energy as national average gas prices surged past $5-per-gallon for the first time ever.

 

In an interview on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) slammed President Biden for driving up the price of energy and argued that it’s a “flat-out lie” that he cannot control gas prices.
Over the recess, Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) led Members of the Congressional Western Caucus on an energy field tour through Central Washington. Rep. Newhouse also introduced the Federal Columbia River Power System Certainty Act to protect, maintain, and improve the 4 Lower Snake River hydropower dams.

 

At a House Natural Resources Committee markup, Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led Committee Republicans in pointing out that Committee Democrats prioritized “Big Cat” legislation over addressing record gas prices when they haven’t marked up a single energy bill this year.

 

 

Representative Ron Estes (R-Kan.) introduced the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Replenishment Act to restore America’s depleted Strategic Petroleum Reserve at a time when the Biden Administration has failed to create a reasonable plan to do so.

 

 

Representative Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) joined energy advocates last week at a Central Ohio oil and gas well to announce a resolution officially recognizing American natural gas as a “green and clean” energy source.

 

 

Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) spoke on the House Floor about how the unsustainable gas prices in Michigan are the direct result of the Biden Administration’s failed energy policies. Rep. Walberg advocated for passage of a number of solutions that House Republicans have proposed to bring down energy costs for Americans, including the American Energy Independence from Russia Act, the Strategic Production Response Act, and the PIPES Act.

 

 

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) joined Fox Business Network’s The Evening Edit to discuss how diesel prices are up 75 percent, forcing a record-breaking number of truck drivers to quit their jobs amid soaring prices.

 

 

Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) published an op-ed for Fox News outlining the top five reasons why increasing domestic drilling for oil and natural gas is necessary to tackle rising energy prices and inflation caused by the Biden Administration’s failed energy agenda.

 

 

Representative Steve Womack (R-Ark.) released a statement as gas prices across the country reached an all-time high.

 

 

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House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) called out Speaker Pelosi for using January 6th as a political stunt to distract from Democrats’ self-created crises impacting hardworking families, like soaring inflation and record-high gas prices.

 

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) blamed the Biden Administration’s failed energy policies for America’s current energy crisis as gas prices soared above $5-per-gallon nationwide. Rep. Duncan also shared how he and Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans are calling on the Biden Administration to prioritize reliable and affordable energy over their “rush to green” agenda ahead of a summer of potential blackouts and power outages.

 

 

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) discussed the need for reliable baseload energy as Americans are expecting rolling electricity blackouts and skyrocketing prices this summer.

 

Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) criticized Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for declaring that the United States must wean itself off of oil and natural gas for its energy needs. Rep. Johnson also released a video pointing out Democrats’ efforts to enforce their Green New Deal policies which are destroying America’s energy independence.

 

 

Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) noted that high gas prices resulting from President Biden’s policies are inflicting real hardships on his constituents.

 

Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) gave President Biden a gold star for setting yet another record-breaking day of skyrocketing gas prices.

 

 

Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) noted that President Biden’s decision to ban new tariffs on solar panels will put China ahead of American workers.

 

 

Representative Steve Womack (R-Ark.) called out the Biden Administration for its anti-American energy policies depriving the nation of achieving energy dominance.