Dems block Sen. Hawley’s bill to increase US oil production, restore energy independence

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One of the more shameful happenings taking place during Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is that President Biden is STILL buying oil from Vladimir Putin while he devastates the Eastern European country. With the U.S. buying nearly 600,000 barrels of Russian oil a day, essentially funding Putin’s war machine, Biden refuses to up U.S. production to offset a potential ban on Russian oil.

The key motivation behind the continued purchase of the oil appears to be that Biden doesn’t want gas prices to increase EVEN MORE on his watch, as Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., noted in a tweet Friday that the “price of gas is up *61%* since Joe Biden became president.”

Fellow Republican Senator Josh Hawley, from Missouri, tried to pass a bill on Thursday to restore the energy independence the U.S. enjoyed under former President Donald Trump, prior to Biden taking office and reversing many of his predecessor’s energy policies in a yield to the Green New Deal cabal, only to see Democrats block his effort.

“Will Democrats agree to open up our energy production, full throttle – and shut down the Russians? We are about to find out,” Hawley tweeted. “I’m headed to the Senate floor to try to pass a bill to reverse the Biden energy shutdown and put our energy sector back to work.”

In another tweet, he said: “Joe Biden has America importing 670,000 barrels a DAY of Russian blood oil, while our energy sits in the ground. Why is Biden financing Russia’s war in Ukraine?”

Hawley is seen here speaking from the Senate floor on his bill:

But Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., was there to cut Hawley off at the pass — in the Senate, a single member can prevent a motion from reaching a vote on the Senate floor:

In another tweet shared Friday, Cotton stated, “At $112 per barrel, the United States is sending $22.4M to fund Putin’s war machine today. It’s time for Biden to sanction Russian oil.”

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a ban on Russian oil imports.

“I’m all for that. Ban it,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, during her weekly press conference.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was quick to counter the ban narrative, expressing concern over an increase in gas prices.

“We don’t have a strategic interest in reducing the global supply of energy, and that would raise prices at the gas pump for the American people,” Psaki told reporters at Thursday’s press briefing.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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