For the fifth time, House Democrats blocked a Republican motion on Wednesday that would have brought a bill up for debate that would have backed American energy and helped cut gas prices for all Americans.
House Democrats Block Consideration of American Energy Independence from Russia Act for 5th Time.
On the House floor on Wednesday night, Republicans proposed a motion to stop the previous question. If the precedent matter is not resolved, the House could consider Republican-sponsored H.R. 6858, the American Energy Independence from Russia Act, to strengthen American energy production across the country.
However, Democrats halted the bill’s kineticism for the fifth time, only one week after President Joe Biden asked American oil firms to start producing more oil and warned them of penalties if they did not.
If the Republican-led bill passed, it would have provided Biden with the solution he seeks by promoting American energy production across the country and lowering the rising cost of petrol.
Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) introduced the bill on Wednesday, after introducing it twice earlier this month. Unfortunately, it was defeated for the fifth time, with 221 Democrats voting against the motion in the House.
At the end of February, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) filed a bill to promote American energy independence.
The bill would include the following provisions:
- The Keystone XL pipeline was approved right away.
- All export restrictions on liquefied natural gas (LNG) lifted.
- Oil and gas leasing on federal lands and seas, which had been halted under Biden’s administration restarted.
- Protected American energy and mineral development from the administration’s attacks.
- Require the administration to present an energy security plan within 30 days, and Biden’s energy secretary to establish a plan to replace oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
“We need an all-of-the-above strategy to energy policy for the United States to become energy independent and secure,” Miller-Meeks tweeted.
This commonsense bill to promote domestic energy production and cut off Russia from our markets.
We MUST put American energy first. pic.twitter.com/9f3InaRFD9
— Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (@RepMMM) April 6, 2022