President Joe Biden and Democrats will pay hard during the coming midterm elections because of soaring gas prices, a House Republican alleged.
“I think that the gas prices are going to be a killer for [Biden] between now and the midterm elections in just a few months. There are very few things that could improve to help him and help Democrats keep Congress,” Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) said Saturday during an interview with Fox News Network.
He indicated that the Democrats have made several irreparable mistakes, including passing the Build Back Better (BBB) plan with a $1.9 trillion extra spending authorization and refusing to unleash the full potential of the energy industry in the United States.
“I can’t imagine them getting to the point where they actually admit [their mistakes],” he stated. “We’re on a crash course for Democrats come November.”
“I think that would be a great first step, for the American people to see this Biden administration say ‘what we’re doing is wrong, let’s change course,’” he added.
The Epoch Times has reached out to the White House and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office for comments.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the national average gas price is $4.989 per gallon as of June 18. It has more than doubled since Biden was sworn in as president.
The average price of gas was $2.38 per gallon on the week that Biden was sworn in.
Biden and the Democrats have blamed the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which happened about four months ago, for the soaring gas prices.
“I’m doing everything in my power to blunt Putin’s gas price hike. Just since he invaded Ukraine, it’s gone up $1.74 a gallon—because of nothing else but that,” Biden responded when he was addressing gas prices at an AFL-CIO event.
However, some oil companies have disagreed with the Biden administration and said the long-term solution for the high gas prices is policies in favor of U.S. resource development.
“In the short term, the U.S. government could enact measures often used in emergencies following hurricanes or other supply disruptions—such as waivers of Jones Act provisions and some fuel specifications to increase supplies,” ExxonMobil said on Wednesday. In the longer term, the federal government “can promote investment through clear and consistent policy that supports U.S. resource development, such as regular and predictable lease sales, as well as streamlined regulatory approval and support for infrastructure such as pipelines.”
The oil giant made the statement in response to Biden’s letter calling on U.S. energy producers to bring a “near-term solution” to the pump station pain for Americans.