WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced a bill today to hold the Biden Administration accountable for their energy crisis.
Since Biden took office, gas prices nationwide have spiked 56%. Home heating costs will rise as much as 54% this winter, and Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline forced the termination of 11,000 good paying energy jobs. It’s time our President was held responsible for his jobs and paycheck- destroying energy policies.
The Make Energy Affordable Act will require the Biden Administration to create a report on rising energy prices in the US and a plan to combat it. The plan must consider all energy sources, include regulatory and permitting reforms, and monthly updates on how energy prices are impacting consumers.
“This bill is a no-brainer. The American people are feeling the squeeze of Joe Biden’s energy policies, and it’s time his Administration recognizes the hardships they are inflicting on the working class,” said Carter.
The report to Congress will include: how higher energy prices are impacting consumer prices across the economy; how many energy sector jobs have been lost since January 1, 2021; an analyses and projection for residential and commercial energy prices for next year; and, a description of federal actions that have contributed to energy prices.
“If the Biden Administration truly stands by the energy-related decisions they’ve made since coming to power, then they should welcome this bill as an opportunity to demonstrate the impacts of those decisions on our energy sector,” said Carter.
Residents of Georgia’s First District are not immune to the impacts of the Biden Administration’s energy policies.
“I recently heard from a woman in my District who said she had to stop supporting Savannah restaurants in order to pay for the higher costs of living under President Biden. This isn’t just a gas station problem, it is a nationwide attack on our economy,” said Carter.
“The Biden Administration’s failed energy policies have had an impact on every individual, family, and business in Central Washington,” said Rep. Newhouse. “On top of the highest rate of inflation we’ve seen in the last 40 years, gas prices have shot through the roof directly as a result of President Biden’s attack on our domestic energy production. The American people deserve answers and our bill helps us deliver them by requiring the Administration to take responsibility for the energy crisis they’ve created and increase transparency around how their decisions are affecting the American people.”
Reps. Carter and Newhouse were joined by original cosponsors Reps. Stephanie Bice (R-OK), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Ted Budd (R-NC), Troy Balderson (R-TX), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Randy Weber (R-TX), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), David Valadao (R-CA), and Dave Joyce (R-OH).
Read the full text of the bill here.