Senate Democrats Continue War on American Energy

August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Senate Democrats voted for higher inflation, higher taxes, and to keep more American energy locked in the ground as part of their reckless tax and spending spree. U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), issued the following statement:

“The Democrats’ war on American energy continued today. Families are paying the price. While jamming through their reckless tax and spending spree, Democrats voted against commonsense Republican proposals. These proposals would have unleashed American energy and lowered costs for families. American families need relief from Democrat policies that attack American energy, send utility bills soaring, and drive up prices at the pump.” 

Democrats voted against the following Republican amendments to unleash American energy: 

  • Graham: To prevent Democrats’ consumer gas price increase by striking $12 billion imported and domestic oil tax
  • Barrasso: To reduce gas prices with onshore domestic energy production
  • Capito: To expedite consideration of permits for infrastructure and energy projects
  • Kennedy: To require offshore oil and gas lease sales
  • Shelby: To approve new coal leases
  • Cruz: To prohibit Strategic Petroleum Crude exports to China
  • Capito: To strike funding for continued regulatory overreach from the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Daines: To overturn costly “reforms” to the federal onshore and offshore oil and gas programs that limit new exploration and development
  • Lankford/Barrasso: To protect American energy producers from punishing tax hikes and to lower energy prices for families
  • Murkowski: To boost critical mineral production in the United States



Democrats voted against the following Republican amendments to unleash American energy: