(RepublicanWire.org) – Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said Wednesday that he introduced the No Oil From Terrorists Act to prevent President Biden from negotiating with terrorists for oil imports when the United States could produce its own oil.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Biden administration has been in talks with Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Iran about supplying the United States with oil.
“This is common sense, Maria. First and foremost, on day one of the Joe Biden presidency he crushed the American energy sector, by ending construction of the Keystone Pipeline. He stopped drilling on federal lands. He did everything that he could to destroy American-owned and made energy sector and he made us dependent on foreign oil again,” he told Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo.”
“Now yesterday he finally– this week he finally did the right thing, and he banned Russian oil imports but at the same time he’s trading one for a couple of other bad guys,” the congressman said.
“He’s begging Venezuela and Maduro to give us more oil, and he’s gone to the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world – Iran – and he’s trying to push through a new Iran nuclear deal, which is disastrous for a lot of other reasons, to leverage more oil from a stated sponsor of terrorism,” Banks said.
“So my bill, the No Oil From Terrorists Act would prevent this president from doing something that’s absolutely foolish to do and negotiate with terrorists to get oil to bring to the United States when we could be producing it right here at home instead,” he said.
Banks said it’s “maddening” that Russia is negotiating the Iran nuclear deal on behalf of the United States.
This is maddening, as you describe it, but you gotta go back in time a little bit. Remember that the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama was a terrible deal. It gave pallets of cash to Iran to try to prevent them from building nuclear weapons, but instead, it did the opposite.
Donald Trump got us out of it. It was one of his key campaign promises that he made when he ran for president in 2016. He kept that promise, and he ended the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.
Now it seems that Joe Biden is hell bent on making the same mistake that Barack Obama did, and part of this deal is to give Iran a hundred billion dollars, and would actually reward them for bad activities rather than punishing them, and at the same time, you have Russia who recognizes this is another opportunity for them to weaken America and to build up one of our adversaries in Iran.
It doesn’t make any sense. There’s no good explanation for it. It just goes to show that Joe Biden is a disastrous commander in chief and president, and this is another foolish move on his part.
Banks said there’s a lot the United States can do to help Ukraine that it’s not doing.
“I mean this administration, we’ve been calling on them for weeks to give aid to Ukraine especially, military weapons and ammunition. Zelensky has been calling for it for weeks. He continues those calls to this day. It doesn’t make any sense why this administration has drug their feet,” the congressman said.
“Joe Biden has waited for many European countries to act first, and he’s leading from behind. Today on the floor of the House we’ll be voting on a humanitarian package, but it’s too little too late,and they don’t need blankets. They need American troops. They need military equipment and ammunition to fight back, and we’ve been dragging our feet and giving it to them,” he said.
Banks said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is polling better than Biden is among Americans.
“I don’t know if you saw this, Maria, but the polling for Zelensky in the United States of America’s approval rating almost twice as good as Joe Biden’s approval rating is in our home country. He’s showing the type of leadership that Joe Biden doesn’t show that he’s never shown since he’s been in the White House, and that’s why the rest of the world is — we stand with Zelensky,” he said.
“We stand with Ukraine. We need to do more to help them fight back against Russia, but the Democrats and Joe Biden, every single day they’ve drug their feet and made it harder for Ukraine to do that,” the congressman said.