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GOP aims to use little-known legislative tool to force Biden’s hand on energy crisis




The House Energy and Commerce Committee is set to consider a series of GOP actions on Wednesday that would force the Biden administration to share information about its energy policy-making process.

In July, the Republican committee submitted dozens of “Resolutions of Investigation” (ROI) that address a series of topics related to the committee’s jurisdiction that, under House rules, are required to be considered by the Democratic leadership within 14 legislative days. Among the ROI, GOP members presented, four linked to the Biden administration’s approach to energy and climate issues.

“Democrats will need to choose between getting answers on behalf of the American people or continuing to stall to protect President Biden’s extremist agenda and abuse of power,” a GOP aide told FOX Business.

If the investment returns are approved, it enables the House to powerfully obtain factual information and documents from the White House. While the little-known legislative tool has been around since the early 1800s, Democrats have suspended the return on investment until July.

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Representative Kathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican of Washington State, the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, speaks during a news conference on May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Among the Republicans’ energy investment returns, Representative Kelly Armstrong, a member of the House of Representatives, has submitted a request for documents related to the Biden administration’s use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for “political purposes.”


“The Biden administration’s decision to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was a political gimmick that did nothing to lower gas prices,” Armstrong said in a statement after presenting the return on the investment.

“Refining capacity is lacking to quickly convert this oil into gasoline. As we are depleting our strategic reserves, they will need to be refilled with oil that is sold at a higher price, which costs taxpayers more money.” he added.

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Representative Greg Pence, R-India, filed a separate return on investment requesting documentation related to actions the Biden administration has taken that affect the US power grid.

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Representatives Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and Jeff Duncan, R-I, submitted two other ROI reports requesting documentation on the White House’s internal discussions about declaring a national climate emergency and its response to rising energy prices, respectively. Duncan’s action will include documents related to the administration’s push for green energy, the decision to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the domestic energy crisis, and communications about a potential crude oil export ban.


“We believe in unleashing American energy production through the use of our nation’s vast natural resources and innovation, and refusing to pick winners and losers when it comes to energy production,” Duncan said in July. “Unleashing the above energy strategy will inevitably lower energy costs for Americans and boost our energy economy.”

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will discuss investment returns during a hearing on Wednesday.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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