House Democrats Block Motion to Ban Biden from Selling U.S. Oil to China

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    Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) made a motion to bring back H.R. 8199, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. A motion to recommit is one of the procedural moves that allows members of the House minority to alter the text of a bill prior to bringing it to the House floor for a vote.

    The motion proposed would have stopped U.S. oil from being transferred to entities “under the ownership, control, or influence of the Chinese Communist Party” or entities that could purchase the oil, only to reverse course and export the oil to China.

    Valadao's motion comes a few weeks after reports showed that Biden made a deal to sell nearly 1 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to a CCP-owned company that had financial relations with Hunter Biden.

    As Breitbart News detailed:

    In April, Biden’s Department of Energy announced the nearly one million barrel sale to Unipec, which is the trading arm of Sinopec. Sinopec is wholly owned and operated by the Chinese Communist Party.

    Unipec reportedly purchases oil across the globe and then apparently sells it through its Sinopec Marketing subsidiary.

    Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, reportedly has financial ties to the CCP-owned Sinopec. A private equity firm Hunter Biden cofounded reportedly purchased a nearly $2 billion stake in Sinopec Marketing in 2015.

    House Democrats unanimously voted to block the motion, with 219 votes to oppose Valadao's motion.

    Valadao asked his fellow House members on the House floor to back the “common sense” motion because “we need to focus on increasing energy production and not supporting our adversaries while Americans are still suffering from outrageously high fuel prices here at home.”

    “These reserves are meant to be used in emergencies only. They are not meant to be used when our leadership has failed us by unnecessarily restricting domestic energy production,” Valadao said.

    Valadao also criticized the Biden Administration for wasting the reserves of the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve and assisting China.

    “It is irresponsible and dangerous for the United States to provide a foreign adversary with fuel that we need to keep here in the United States in case of an emergency,” Valadao said. “It seems the Biden administration is helping to support China’s national security at the expense of our own.”

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