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Republican legislation to ban sales from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China, scheduled for House floor consideration Thursday, sets up the new House majority’s opening salvo on energy policy.
The measure (H.R. 22) would prohibit the sale and export of crude oil from the reserve to any entity under the “ownership, control, or influence” of the Chinese Communist Party. It would also require as a condition of sale that no SPR products are exported to China. However, it will likely be symbolic and not become law, given opposition in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
“China is now building a larger strategic petroleum reserve than we have here in the United States,” bill sponsor House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) told reporters during an American Petroleum Institute event on Wednesday. “The infrastructure of the SPR needs to be addressed, and we need a plan to refill.”
The partisan legislation is the first energy bill the GOP-led chamber will consider on the floor in the 118th Congress. Similar legislation circulated in the last Congress but never advanced. Read more.
Happening on the Hill
- The House meets at 9 a.m. to vote on a bill to bar the Energy Department from selling from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China.
- The Senate is not in session.
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Around the Administration
- The president will discuss the economy and fighting inflation at the White House at 10 a.m.
- Biden at 11 a.m. will attend a memorial service for former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the Washington National Cathedral.
- White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a press briefing at 1:30 p.m.
Biden’s efforts to quell a controversy over classified documents in his private possession became more difficult after aides discovered a second set, a development that will intensify scrutiny of the president.
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- A corrupted computer file led to the breakdown of an air-safety system that prompted flights to be grounded across the US, according to people familiar with the preliminary findings. Read more.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Jennifer Homendy is raising concerns about the heft and girth of electric vehicles that carmakers are pumping out to meet growing demand and emissions regulations.
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Mexico and Canada won a trade dispute with the US over cars shipped across regional borders, providing automakers more incentive to make vehicles in those nations.
The US and Japan announced plans to strengthen defense cooperation on land, at sea and in space as they expressed growing concern about the growing challenge posed by China and its ties with Russia.
A leading Chinese solar panel maker has leased space for its first US factory in another win for the Biden administration’s efforts to build up the nation’s clean energy manufacturing base.
First lady Jill Biden had surgery Wednesday to remove three skin lesions, at least two of which were cancerous, according to a memo from the White House physician.
What Else to Know
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