McMorris Rodgers Leads Passage of H.R. 22 to Prevent the Sale of SPR Oil to China

Washington, D.C. — Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed her legislation, the Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act (H.R. 22)

“To cover up his failed policies driving our energy and inflation crisis, President Biden is draining our nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves at an alarming rate. America’s SPR – once the world’s largest stockpile – have been depleted to the lowest levels since 1983. To date, President Biden has released more from the SPR than all U.S. presidents in history combined. Millions of barrels of that oil have gone to China, which now has the world’s largest government-controlled stockpile of oil. Draining our strategic reserves for political purposes and selling it to China is a significant threat to our national and energy security. This must be stopped, which is why I’m proud to join my Republican colleagues in passing H.R. 22, one of the most bipartisan votes on an energy bill in many years and multiple congresses. There’s more to come. This is just the beginning.”

NOTE: H.R. 22 passed with bipartisan support by a final vote of 331-97. Cathy spoke in support of the legislation on the House Floor prior to its passage. Click here or the image below to watch her remarks:

CLICK HERE to read the bill.


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