Every Democrat member of the U.S. House of Representatives this week voted against a Republican amendment that would have blocked the transfer of strategic American oil reserves to Communist China, including the sale of nearly a million barrels to a Chinese company that appears to financially benefit President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
All 219 House Democrats voted against the amendment. 206 of 2011 House Republicans voted for it, with five Republicans missing the vote.
“These reserves are meant to be used for emergencies only. They are not meant to be used when our leadership has failed us by unnecessarily restricting domestic energy production,” said Rep. David Valadao (R-CA,) who offered the amendment.
“What is even more concerning is that under the Biden administration our Strategic Petroleum Reserves supplies have been severely diminished, and it does not make sense that we are using our already depleted energy supplies to help China build up their own strategic reserves,” said Valadao.
“It seems the Biden administration is helping to support China’s national security at the expense of our own,” Valadao added.
🚨 I just requested a vote on legislation that would stop the Biden administration from sending our Strategic Petroleum Reserves to China.
Every single Democrat just voted to put China’s national security over our own. pic.twitter.com/FYVFRsZ2hB
— Rep. David Valadao (@RepDavidValadao) July 20, 2022
Effort to block the sales comes as House Oversight Committee Republicans demand Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm turn over documents on the sale of 900,000 barrels of oil to Unipec America, a subsidiary of Sinopec, a company owned by the Chinese Communist Party.
“The decision to sell to Unipec raises questions about why the Biden Administration is selling oil from the SPR to China, especially when the sale may enrich Hunter Biden, the President’s son,” the representatives noted.
“DOE records show that in April 2022 the Department sold almost $100 million worth of oil to Unipec a subsidiary of Sinopec, a Chinese oil company. According to documents reviewed by Committee Republicans and supported by media reports, one of Hunter Biden’s private equity firms, BHR, invested $1.7 billion in Sinopec in 2015,” the representatives wrote.
“It appears that Hunter Biden still maintains a financial interest in BHR, raising serious questions about the motivation behind selling oil from the SPR to Sinopec and whether DOE was aware of Hunter Biden’s financial stake,” the representatives added.
“In order to ensure the American people that DOE and the Biden Administration are properly managing the sale of critical assets from the SPR and not further enriching the Biden family, we request a briefing and documents related to this matter,” the letter reads. “The American people deserve to know more about the DOE’s recent sales activity and whether the President’s son benefited financially.”
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