House Republicans See ‘Out of Control Inflation’ as a Key Weapon to Regain Control
Since taking office last year, President Joe Biden has pursued policies that have weakened U.S. energy security, and as a result, American families are feeling the pain at the gas pumps. This is one of the main messages that came out of the House Republicans’ annual retreat this week.
House Republicans gathered in Florida on Wednesday for a three-day meeting to lay out their legislative agenda as they strive to reclaim control of the chamber in the upcoming midterm elections.
Republicans accuse the Biden administration of “skyrocketing gas prices” and a lack of “legitimate solutions” to curb inflation.
“Since his first day in office, President Biden has taken steps that threaten America’s energy security, and the effects of those harmful policies are now playing out on the world stage,” Republicans said in a handout titled “Out of Control Inflation.”
Instead of boosting domestic oil and gas production, House Republicans stated, the Biden administration sent officials to meet “with Maduro’s regime in Venezuela to discuss lifting U.S. sanctions on their oil exports to ease rising prices.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Chairwoman of the Republican Conference, said at a press conference on Thursday that a Republican majority in the House would prioritize policies that “unleash American energy” and rein in government spending to bring inflation under control.
She said that her party is united and laser-focused on issues that affect all Americans. Stefanik was elected conference chair in May of last year, succeeding Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo. ), who was ousted from her position.
At the annual issues conference, GOP members have repeatedly criticized the Biden administration’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and stop new oil and gas leases on federal land.
According to Republican Policy Committee Chair Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), the Keystone XL pipeline would bring in 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada instead of 600,000 barrels from Russia.
The U.S. annual inflation rate surged to 7.9 percent in February, hitting a new 40-year high. Gasoline prices, which have been a key contributor, surged nearly 40 percent over the last year.
Gasoline now costs about $4.24 a gallon on average, according to the AAA Gas Prices website. This is up from $2.87 in the same period in 2021.
Energy analysts predict that higher gas prices will last longer than many expected. Some project that annual inflation will exceed 8 percent in the coming months.
Democrats are considering various relief measures to help Americans struggling to pay for high gas prices.
“They flooded the economy with money and now they’re talking about handing out $300 a month to help you buy your gas. That will only make inflation worse,” Palmer told reporters.
The U.S. oil sector and the Biden administration have been clashing over who is to blame for higher gas prices.
GOP Lawmaker Offers His Solution To Ending Inflation: ‘Stop Electing Democrats’
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) speaks with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) about inflation.
One Year In and the Democrat-Marxists Can Point to No worthy Economic, Political, or Cultural Achievement. No Peace Deals. No Major Trade Agreements. No Economic Successes.
Yet, You Can Pin Several Failures to Biden:
Ending the Keystone Pipeline
Leaving 14,000 Americans and Others Behind in Afghanistan
Escalating Gas Prices
Potential Food Shortages
Lockdowns, Mandates, and Over Regulations
The Real Winner Is Common Sense. No More Democrat-Marxists.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776