The Leader’s Floor Lookout: Week of January 23, 2023
Washington, January 22, 2023
Here’s what to watch for on the House Floor this week:
Unleash Domestic Energy Production and Lower Gas Prices
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve was created by Congress to respond to oil supply disruptions, such as natural disasters.
Sadly, President Biden has used the SPR as his own personal piggy bank and tapped into our emergency reserves to try to bail out his administration’s extreme climate agenda and lower gas prices.
As a result, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is now at its lowest level since 1983.
Releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is not a long-term solution to help hardworking families devastated by President Biden's war on American energy.
If Democrats were serious about lowering gas prices for American families, they would abandon their radical far-left policies that have led to the cancelation of critical pipelines and endless permitting delays and encourage oil and gas development and production on U.S. soil.
House Republicans have a bill that will protect the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and strengthen our nation’s energy security.
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ legislation, H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act, would require the Department of Energy to stop their abuse of the SPR and to develop a plan to increase oil and gas production on federal lands that offsets any additional drawdowns.
President Biden must restore policies that promote American energy independence instead of relying on America’s adversaries and foreign dictators for our energy sources.
First Modified-Open Rule in Seven Years
House Republicans are making good on our promises.
This week, we will consider legislation under a modified-open rule for the first time in seven years.
The modified-open rule allows any Member of Congress to offer an amendment on the House Floor.
This open process will give representatives the ability to directly influence legislation and advocate on behalf of their constituents.