GOP Rep. Buddy Carter: Biden’s Drained SPR and Now We Might Need It

GOP Rep. Buddy Carter: Biden’s Drained SPR and Now We Might Need It

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Kennedy,” Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) said that we now find ourselves in a situation where we might need the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for what it’s actually designed for, but the reserve has been drained by President Joe Biden.

Host Jackie DeAngelis asked, [relevant remarks begin around 1:35] “Obviously, supplies are going to be needed in Florida. This is the kind of thing that we keep the SPR for, emergencies within the country that are as a result of a natural disaster. If the situation worsens in Georgia, in the Carolinas, and all of a sudden, we find ourselves needing more supplies than anticipated when the administration and the President [have] allocated those supplies, essentially, to just bring the price of gas down as a result of high inflation, your thoughts on where we stand, as a country, going into this.”

Carter responded, “Well, that’s a great point. And that’s what the reserves are for, for emergency situations, not to bring down the price of gas so that you can bring down inflation, which is what the Biden administration has used it for. Now, we find ourselves in a situation where perhaps we are going to need it.”

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Watch: ‘Where’s Jackie?’ Joe Biden Gives Shoutout to Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) Who Died in August

Watch: ‘Where’s Jackie?’ Joe Biden Gives Shoutout to Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) Who Died in August

President Joe Biden on Wednesday mistakenly gave a shoutout to a Republican congresswoman who died in August.

“Jackie are you here? Where’s Jackie?” Biden asked after thanking several bipartisan members of congress.

“I didn’t think she was going to be here,” he added.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) died in a tragic car accident in August.

Biden spoke about Walorski during a White House event on a national effort to stop hunger.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, September 28, 2022. (OLIVER CONTRERAS/AFP via Getty Images)

The president did not appear to remember he mourned her death in a statement released by the White House on August 3.

At the time Biden praised Walorski’s efforts on the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, pointing out “her deep care for the needs of rural America.”

It’s unclear whether Biden was reading off of his teleprompter at the moment he gave a shoutout to “Jackie” but he did not correct his mistake.

Black bunting and white flowers are laid on a seat on the floor of the House of Representatives in memorial of the late Rep. Jackie Warlorski (R-IN) at the U.S. Capitol on August 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Conference organizers even played a tribute video at the event honoring Walorski’s legacy of advocating for food and nutrition, according to a reporter who was present at the conference.

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Watch: National Hurricane Center’s Rohme Dismisses CNN Host Lemon’s Effort to Tie Hurricane Ian to Climate Change

Watch: National Hurricane Center’s Rohme Dismisses CNN Host Lemon’s Effort to Tie Hurricane Ian to Climate Change

Tuesday, during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, National Hurricane Center acting director Jamie Rohme responded to the possibility Hurricane Ian bearing down on Florida was a direct consequence of climate change.

Rohme downplayed any direct ties to climate change but said it was possible “on the cumulative.”

Partial transcript as follows:

LEMON: Yes, that’s a big area. So, meteorologists, Jamie, have said that this storm could be entering another period of rapid intensification. Can you tell us what this is and what effect the climate change has on this phenomenon?

ROHME: Well, we can come back and talk about climate change at a later time. I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost done. There could be a little bit more intensification as it’s still over the warm waters of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think we’re going to get any more rapid intensification.

If you look here, you can actually see pretty interesting for your viewers. You can actually see a second eye wall forming around the inner eye wall, and that’s basically the second eye wall has overtaken the original eye wall, and that should arrest development.

LEMON: So, listen, I just — I’m just trying to get that you said you want to talk about climate change, but what — what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon that — that is happening now. Because it seems these storms are intensifying. That’s the question here.

ROHME: I don’t think you can link climate change to any one event —

LEMON: OK.

ROHME: — on the whole, on the cumulative, a climate change may be making storms worse. But to link it to any one event, I would caution against them.

LEMON: OK. Well, they — listen, I grew up there and these storms are intensifying something is causing them to intensify.

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GOP Sen. Cassidy: Strategic Petroleum Reserve Is at 37-Year Low in Face of a Hurricane Because Biden Used It to Compensate for Bad Policies

GOP Sen. Cassidy: Strategic Petroleum Reserve Is at 37-Year Low in Face of a Hurricane Because Biden Used It to Compensate for Bad Policies

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Fox Business Tonight,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) stated that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is at a 37-year low in the face of Hurricane Ian making landfall in Florida because President Joe Biden drained the reserve in a “political move” to compensate for his bad energy policies.

Host Sean Duffy said, “[T]he Strategic Petroleum oil Reserve [is] at a 37-year low. We have that reserve for what we see happening in Florida right now when you have a hurricane hit or a disaster hit, something that’s unforeseen, [so] that we can tap into that reserve to shore up American supply. Joe Biden has used it just to drive down prices, in — I would argue — in anticipation for the midterm elections trying to help his party.”

Cassidy responded, “I totally agree with you. This is a political move. We should be already planning to refill that reserve. But ideally, we would not have had to have tapped into it. We could have increased domestic production. Now, by the way, that portion of our energy economy that Biden does not control, privately-held lands, the rig count is up. We’re probably producing about a million more barrels per month on private lands. We need the President to open up the tap, if you will, on public lands, off the coast of Louisiana, Texas, etc. That would create American jobs, it would produce more American energy, it would drive down prices, and we could leave the SPR alone.”

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Newsom: DeSantis ‘Insane’ — What He Did to Migrant Kids ‘Sick’

Newsom: DeSantis ‘Insane’ — What He Did to Migrant Kids ‘Sick’

Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight” that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was “insane” and “sick” for moving migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.

Discussing billboards he has put up against Govs. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and DeSantis, Newsom said, “They need to be called out. They can’t just get away with it. They can’t claim to be pro-life when they are just pro-birth. They can’t claim to embrace freedom, where they’re denying freedom for women and girls reproductive rights. They can’t attack vulnerable communities without being called out.”

He continued, “Are you paying attention to what these guys are doing, how many books have been banned here in Texas. Eight-hundred-and-one books have been banned. Ron DeSantis arrested an elected officials. He is sending swat team for people in their underwear at six in the morning because they register to vote and voted. That is insane. Just think about. It that’s insane. He went to another state to find migrants and use state money that was intended for unauthorized immigrants, not those seeking legal asylum and send them to an island.”

He added, “It’s sick. I am a parent. Man how do I explain that to my, forget Democrat, Republican. It’s like, what? Someone did that? They would do that to kids? To other people’s kids? To human beings? What kind of person does that?”

Newsom concluded, “They are bullies, nothing more than bullies.”

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Jen Psaki: Democrats Will Lose Midterms If It Is ‘Referendum’ on Biden

Jen Psaki: Democrats Will Lose Midterms If It Is ‘Referendum’ on Biden

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that if the midterm elections are a referendum on President Joe Biden’s first two years in office, Democrats will lose their majorities.

Psaki said, “I think that Democrats if the election is about who is the most extreme as we saw, you know Kevin McCarthy touch on there with Marjorie Taylor Greene, I’ll say her name, sitting over his left side, then they’re going to win. If it is a referendum on the president, they will lose. And they know that.”

She continued, “They also know that crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats. I would say one of the biggest vulnerabilities. And if you look at Pennsylvania, for example, what’s been interesting to me is it’s always you follow the money, and where people spending money.”

Psaki added, “In Pennsylvania, the Republicans have been spending millions of dollars on the air on crime ads against Fetterman because that’s where they see his vulnerability. So, yes, the economy is hanging over everything. But you do have to look at state-by-state factors. And crime is a huge issue in the Pennsylvania race.”

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Stefanik: We Still Have ‘Dire’ Baby Formula Shortage, GOP House Majority Will Address It

Stefanik: We Still Have ‘Dire’ Baby Formula Shortage, GOP House Majority Will Address It

During an interview with Newsmax TV on Friday’s broadcast of “National Report,” House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) stated that the baby formula shortage “continues to be” a “dire crisis.” And despite some slight improvements, “it’s still very un-American to not be able to access baby formula.” Stefanik also vowed that if they take control of the House in 2022, Republicans will pass legislation to deal with the issue.

Stefanik said, “We are also proud to stand for mothers and making sure that mothers have the support they need, whether it’s increasing our support for [crisis pregnancy centers] or making sure that mothers have the resources. Another way that we have been protecting life is advocating for baby formula. I know, as a young mom, the shelves were empty. I mean, it was a dire crisis. It continues to be. The shelves are slightly getting better, but it’s still very un-American to not be able to access baby formula. It was House Republicans who have led on this issue, who have held the Biden administration accountable, and who have my bill, the [Babies Need More Formula Now Act of 2022], that we will pass in a House Republican Congress.”

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