Rep. Webster and Colleagues Condemn President Biden for Draining Our Strategic Petroleum Reserve
October 24, 2022
Washington, D.C. — Florida Congressman Daniel Webster, R-Clermont, along Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) and 29 other members introduced a resolution condemning President Biden’s irresponsible withdrawal or petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
The Energy Policy and Conservative Act of 1975 was enacted on December 22, 1975, creating the SPR to respond to the global oil crisis. There have only been three emergency drawdowns from the SPR in its history—during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and, in coordination with the International Energy Agency, responding to instability in the Middle East and North Africa in 2011. President Biden has drained more than a third of the U.S. SPR to help quell gas prices.
“Energy independence is a national security issue,” said Rep. Webster. “Rather than embrace American energy production, Biden chose to put our national security at risk by further tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This Administration must reverse course, replenish the SPR, and stop blocking U.S. energy production.”
“We are 639 days into Joe Biden's disastrous presidency, and it has been an all-out assault against American energy," said Rep. Randy Weber. “One of the most alarming offensives is Biden's abuse of America’s invaluable Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This resolution calls for President Biden to halt the sale of petroleum products from the SPR and to begin replenishing this critical emergency resource immediately. This is no longer about reducing gas prices for political gain; now he’s recklessly gutting our energy defense."
Cosponsored by Reps. David Valadao (CA-21), Chip Roy (TX-21), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Brian Babin (TX-36), Bill Posey (FL-08), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Beth Van Duyne (TX-24), Jake Ellzey (TX-06), Pat Fallon (TX-04), Tony Gonzales (TX-23), Mayra Flores (TX-34), Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Yvette Herrell (NM-02), Steve Chabot (OH-1), Mary Miller (IL-15), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Tim Burchett (TN-02), Drew Ferguson (GA-03), Warren Davidson (OH-08), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Julia Letlow (LA-05), Roger Williams (TX-25), Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), Buddy Carter (GA-1), August Pfluger (TX-11), Madison Cawthorn (NC-11), Van Taylor (TX-03) and Troy Nehls (TX-22).
Read the bill here.