The following press release was published by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on April 6. It is reproduced in full below.
Washington, D.C. - Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader for Oversight and Investigations Morgan Griffith (R-VA) delivered opening remarks at today’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on President Biden’s price hike and America’s pain at the pump.
“Since President Biden took office, the prices of crude oil and many other energy commodities have risen to the highest levels in more than a decade.
“As a direct result of President Biden’s anti-American energy agenda, prices have rapidly risen for more than a year.
Excerpts and highlights from his prepared remarks:
LAYING BLAME AT THE WRONG FEET
“I believe surging energy prices and their impact on American wallets is an important topic for this subcommittee, but the Majority is laying blame for the problem at the wrong feet.
“When President Biden points to Vladimir Putin, or Big Oil, or other scapegoats as the culprit, I am reminded of the words of the Wizard of Oz: ‘Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.’
“Rather than deflect blame, President Biden should consider his own culpability for high energy prices thanks to his relentless pursuit of policies that discourage domestic energy production, driving gas prices up to levels not seen since Mr. Biden was Vice President.