(Video Credit: U.S., Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee)
Republican Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) blew a gasket during an Energy and Natural Resources committee meeting on Thursday about President Joe Biden’s administration policies that he said have “failed every American” regarding the price at the gas pump.
Barrasso initially made a statement explaining why he did not support the nomination of Laura Daniel-Davis as an Assistant Secretary of the Interior because she had “enthusiastically” supported the Biden administration’s “punishing energy policies.”
Democrat Sen. Angus King (D-Maine) pushed back on the Wyoming senator and dismissed the idea that gas prices could have anything to do with Biden’s policies because he had recently traveled to “Finland, Latvia, and Turkey” which apparently makes him an expert on gas prices. King said when he came home he found out that there were actually 105 countries that had higher gas prices than the United States.
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“My only conclusion was: That Joe Biden guy really gets around it he’s increasing gas prices in South Korea and Finland and Latvia,” he said to Barrasso in a condescending voice, apparently ignoring the fact that Mexico is somehow able to sell gas for around a dollar less per gallon.
King continued by stating that “gas prices have gone down forty cents in about the last month.”
“Is that the Biden administration?” he questioned. “Does the Biden administration get to take credit for that or do they only get blamed when they go up?
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Not taking the bait, Barrasso responded cordially at first.
“Thank you for the opportunity to address that issue,” he said politely.
Then he raised his voice.
“People are hurting in this country,” he said firmly. “People can’t afford $5 a gallon gasoline. At that point, it’s no longer how much does it cost to fill the tank. It’s people saying, I can’t afford to fill the tank. I have $100. I go to the gas station. I can’t even get a fill-up at that point. And as a result, the demand is down–”
“Nobody is disputing that Senator, what they’re disputing is who is responsible…” King interrupted right as Barrasso had reached maximum boiling point.
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But Barrasso kept on talking, only louder.
“The demand is down, not because of Joe Biden! The demand is down because people can’t afford to fill their tank with gasoline!” Barrasso said as he repeatedly slammed his pointer finger on the desk to emphasize his point. “They can’t afford $5 in gasoline.”
“In terms of people having their own opinions, everybody’s entitled to that, but not their own facts,” the conservative senator argued. “When I hear a member say we are at historically high production levels, I would have to point out that we are today a million barrels-a-day less production in the United States than we were in 2019 prior to the pandemic. So there is no credence to the idea that we are at historically high production.”
“We are at historically high prices, and the American families are suffering,” he said.
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