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(RepublicanWire.org) – The White House is attempting to deemphasize the fact that 113 Democrats in the House of Representatives joined Republicans to ban sales of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China.

“The House has passed bipartisan legislation that would ban the export of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Chinese companies.  Given that oil has flowed to China from that reserve during both this administration and the previous one, is that the type of reform that the President would potentially support?” a reporter said to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday.

“So, look, I think this is a little bit of what the Secretary was talking about just moments ago.  This bill addresses a non-issue; we’re very clear on that.  We focus — we’re focused on advancing legislation that would lower costs for American families, not raise them.  So, I’m just going to leave it there,” she said.

The legislation, titled “Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act,” passed in a landslide vote of 331-97 but now has to face a Democrat-led Senate.

“The bill prohibits the Department of Energy (DOE) from selling petroleum products (e.g., crude oil) from the SPR to any entity that is under the ownership, control, or influence of the Chinese Communist Party,” the legislation summary said.

Republican leaders on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led by Ranking Member John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced companion bills of House legislation targeting President Biden’s use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

The first bill, the Secure Auction for Energy Reserves Act which Barrasso introduced with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, would prohibit the federal government from selling SPR stocks to China and other countries of particular concern. Earlier this month, the House passed similar legislation, the Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act, by a margin of 331-97.

“China is profiting from President Biden’s political abuse of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,” the senator said. “Meanwhile, America has become more vulnerable to true energy and national security emergencies.”

“Our legislation will ban SPR sales to China and other hostile nations,” he said. “It will also ban SPR sales to state-owned companies which purchase oil from Russia, Iran, and other nations the U.S. has sanctioned. Adversaries cannot be allowed to benefit from America’s security reserve.”

Sen. Collins said that it is “inexcusable that our emergency stockpile of crude oil is being sold to dictators overseas.”

Another piece of legislation that was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday, the “Strategic Production Response Act,” would only allow the Strategic Petroleum Reserves to be tapped by the Department of Energy only when there is a severe interruption to the supply and only after the Interior Department issues a plan to increase oil and gas production in the United States on federal lands and waters.

“America is stronger and safer when we are energy independent,” Sen. Barrasso said. “The Biden administration agenda is to choke off energy development on federal land. Our legislation will prevent President Biden from raiding the SPR for political purposes without boosting American oil production.”

“It’s time to work together to lower prices for Wyoming families, unleash American energy, and strengthen our national security,” he said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) revealed what prompted her to leave the Democratic Party last year, noting it was a declaration of her own independence from a “deeply broken two-party system.”

During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, Sinema revealed that she has long considered herself to be an independent lawmaker. However, it was the increasingly divided political realm that has emerged over the last two years that pushed her to break free from party affiliation, she said.

“Those who know me know that I was always an independent voice and always have been for the things that I believe in and for my state and for my country,” said Sinema, who left the Democratic Party on Dec. 9. “What you’ve heard about partisanship, I believe, is accurate. … Jan. 6, which is a horrible day from two years ago, created, I think, concern and fear for every patriotic American across the country.”

However, Democrats’ response to the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol disappointed Sinema, prompting her to leave.

“But in the resulting two years, the Democratic Party shared a narrative that said, ‘We would not have any more free and fair elections in this country if the United States Congress didn’t eliminate the filibuster and pass a massive voting rights package,’” Sinema said. “As we all know, the filibuster was not eliminated. … That massive voting rights bill was not passed through Congress. And then we had a free and fair election all across the country [in 2022].”

Sinema was referring to a string of legislative proposals Democrats sought to pass in the last Congress to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate and to implement a massive overhaul of voting rights nationwide. However, Democrats were unable to eliminate the Senate filibuster after failing to garner the support of Sinema and centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

But, Sinema argued, Democrats didn’t need either of those things to ensure a successful midterm cycle.

“Most election deniers lost across the country, and individuals of both political parties, some extreme, some moderate, won. So we had a free and fair election,” Sinema said. “One could posit that the push by one political party to eliminate an important guardrail in an institution of our country may have been premature or overreaching in order to get the short-term victories they wanted.”

However, Republicans struggle with similar problems, Sinema said, pointing to the party’s struggle to elect House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) during the lower chamber’s leadership elections earlier this month.

“We saw the House of Representatives struggle for multiple days in a row as Kevin McCarthy, a dear friend of mine, had to continue conceding point after point after point to the radical Right of the GOP to a point where he’s now in an unenviable position,” Sinema said. “Those are just two examples of the pull that you see political parties giving in order to get everything they want.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – On Monday night, during the NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin suddenly collapsed mid-game. He apparently suffered a cardiac arrest during the game and he is still in critical condition in the hospital.

Predictably, one of the rambling ignoramuses on the far left, Joy Behar of “The View”, used the random tragedy to attack Republicans.

That comment came when the hosts were discussing the Hamlin tragedy and co-host Sunny Hostin spoke about her son’s experience with football, saying that an injury both ended his football career and had to go to six long months of physical therapy.

According to her, leaving the sport “was a very hard thing for him because he loved doing it.” Speaking on why he quit football, Hostin said “He realized at that point, uh-oh. I could – that could happen to my brain, and so he quit.”

Co-host Sara Haines noted that football is the norm for many families, saying:

“I grew up, and football was just the norm. My parents went to the games long after we were even in high school because the whole town did. I loved ‘Friday Night Lights,’ et cetera, et cetera. What it might change is people that have kids coming up because like me, you even wouldn’t have known all the damage that could be done now.”

Hostin then added that kids create bonds over playing the sport, saying “I think a lot of mothers certainly feel that way and have felt that way for a long time, but it’s – the way my son describes it is, it’s a family. It’s a bonding experience that he had never had before.”

This story about a fear of brain injuries piqued Behar’s interest and she proceeded to read off a bunch of unsourced statistics about who supported youth football:

Only 45 percent of Americans think that tackle football is appropriate. Heterosexual men voted the most support for kids doing football. And conservatives were more likely to support youth tackle football. Just saying.

“Just saying” that brain damage would explain why Republicans are the way they are.

This wasn’t the first time The View has used football to attack Republicans. Ahead of the midterms last year, they suggested the Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, Herschel Walker might’ve had brain damage because of how he talked. They also suggested only drunks thought he had a good debate performance.

Damar Hamlin’s family released a much less controversial statement following his injury and the outpouring of support that came with it. In the statement, they said:

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time. We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country. 

“We also want to acknowledge the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who have provided exceptional care to Damar. We feel so blessed to be part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for everything they’ve done. 

“Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. 

“Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will release updates as soon as we have them.”

Hamlin’s uncle provided another update, saying “Right now, they got him on a ventilator, so they’re trying to get him to breathe on his own. So, we’re just kind of taking it day by day. Still in the ICU. They have him sedated, so just continue to administer the medical treatment that they’ve been doing.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Incoming GOP congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna (FL) said Friday that she was threatened by a sitting House member to commit to backing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for speaker.

“I got a very inappropriate phone call,” Luna told Steve Bannon in an interview. “Another member had called me basically to whip votes for the speaker’s race and ultimately ended up threatening me.”

Luna, who is set to represent Florida’s 13th District, said it was a female member who issued the threat.

“I let that female member know that I wasn’t going to basically be threatened,” she said. “I don’t think I need to put that person’s name out there because I think that they are probably embarrassed about doing that.”

McCarthy’s office did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

Luna does not think incidents such as hers are uncommon in Congress, she said.

“I’m not going to be bullied,” the incoming congresswoman said. “If you are going to negotiate in good faith, negotiate in good faith, but don’t resort to threatening people.”

She expects some anger when she arrives in Washington, D.C., she said.

“I’m doing this not because I want to go hang out in D.C.,” the Floridian said. “I’m doing this because it needs to be done right now.”

Luna lauded a few of her colleagues but made it clear that her vote for speaker Tuesday is hers alone.

“I will not be voting for anyone that does not embrace that motion to vacate the chair, and I don’t care who that is,” she said. McCarthy has since made the concession of lowering the threshold for a motion to vacate.

Several other Republicans share Luna’s ambivalence to electing a speaker who would not lower the threshold on a motion to vacate the seat.

McCarthy has tried to stymie such sentiment regarding his potential election.

“Just as the Speaker is elected by the whole body, we will restore the ability for any 5 members of the majority party to initiate a vote to remove the Speaker if so warranted,” he wrote in a letter to colleagues Sunday.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is not a very popular guy on the right at the moment.

Conservatives are unhappy about the way that McConnell handled the midterms, as well as his willingness to work with Democrats on spending for Ukraine.

Conservative analyst Mollie Hemingway is now saying that Republicans are going to keep having problems until McConnell is no longer in office.

She writes at The Federalist:

GOP Can’t Be Successful Until Mitch McConnell Is Gone

Comments Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made on Tuesday show why he has become the single biggest obstacle to GOP success.

The Kentucky Republican claimed giving more money to Ukraine is “the No. 1 priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans.” The new $1.7 trillion Democrat spending bill he enthusiastically supports would give Ukraine another roughly $45 billion in assistance, bringing the total over the past eight months to more than $100 billion, a staggering figure even if it weren’t happening during a time of inflation, looming recession, and other serious domestic problems.

The comment about Republican priorities is so false as to be completely delusional. Among the many concerns Republican voters have with Washington, D.C., a failure to give even more money to Ukraine simply does not rank.

A large coalition of conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the Conservative Partnership Institute, publicly opposed ramming through more Ukraine support during the lame-duck session before Republicans take over control of the House on Jan. 3, 2023. Strong pluralities and majorities of Republicans have told pollsters they want decreases, not increases, in foreign spending and global military involvement.

Many Republican voters support helping Ukraine fight Russia’s unjust invasion, but it is absolutely nowhere near their top issue, contrary to McConnell’s false claim.

Conservatives are tired of feeling betrayed.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The Biden White House is blaming Republicans for the historic crisis on the southern border.

Title 42, a pandemic-era program that blocked migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S., ends next week, just days before Christmas, and migrants are staging by the thousands to illegally enter the U.S. when that happens. Officials are saying the numbers crossing into the U.S. from Mexico could reach 14,000 a day — never mind that the numbers currently exceed 8,000 on many days.

But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre not only claims that President Biden has put in “the work” to secure the border, but that the Republican Party is to blame for the crisis.

The number of migrants flowing into the U.S. under Biden’s watch is staggering at this point and if it continues, will nearly double the estimated population of 11 million illegal immigrants in just 4 years — some experts put the current number in America at 20 million or more. According to federal authorities, 2.76 million people were encountered in the last fiscal year attempting to cross the border illegally. This figure does not include hundreds of thousands of known got-aways. In the previous year, the total was somewhere around 2 million, and to be clear, the pace is only increasing, with border officials stating on Monday that the previous 48 hours saw 16,000 migrant encounters.

Asked about the expected bum rush next week at Thursday’s press briefing, Jean-Pierre said the administration has “an intensive all-of-government effort underway to prepare” — their answer to the problem is to process the wave of humanity faster before releasing them into the U.S.

Jean-Pierre said there are 23,000 agents at the border “working night and day to protect and secure the border,” but that simply is not true. They are overwhelmed with processing the mind-boggling number of migrants encountered daily, as they now cross in battalion-size clips of 1,000 or more.

Jean-Pierre made it a point to blame the Trump administration for its successful efforts to slow the numbers flocking to America.

“What Americans should know is that the president has done the work to deal with what we’re seeing at the border since day one,” she said with a straight face. “What Americans should know is that the president put forth an immigration reform policy to make sure that we’re dealing with a broken system, to make sure that we’re able to protect DREAMers, to make sure that we deal with the backlog that we’re seeing with asylum seekers, to fix the gutted system that was — that has been around for some time but certainly was gutted by the last administration.”

The administration has said all along that the border is secure, and Jean-Pierre used the issue to advocate for immigration reform — see amnesty — that Democrats are pushing.

Axios reported that the Biden administration was considering a new post-Title 42 rule that would impose an asylum ban for roughly five months, but Jean-Pierre took to Twitter earlier this month to reassure migrants that the gates will remain open.

“The Administration is committed to continuing to secure our borders while maintaining safe, orderly and humane processing of migrants,” she tweeted. “This will remain the case when Title 42 is lifted. Reports that indicate U.S. policy will change are inaccurate; no such decisions have been made.”

The real “stunt” is feigning that the crisis is being dealt with when in reality the White House appears to be intentionally exacerbating the problem. To be clear, processing illegal immigrants faster is not going to “fix” the issue — unless the issue is artificially altering voter demographics in America to favor Democrats.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that Republicans should focus on President Biden, not his son Hunter Biden, saying the president “is the Godfather.”

On the most recent episode of his podcast, “Verdict with Ted Cruz,” the Texas Republican said his party needs to turn its attention to President Biden in their investigations, and not focus on his embattled son.

“The focus needs to be on Joe Biden, this is not about Hunter Biden, any more than if you’re going after the mafia and you catch some low-level enforcer, or you’re going after a drug cartel and you catch some mule who swallowed balloons full of heroin,” Cruz said.

“It’s not about the poor schlub who got caught. It’s about the boss,” the senator continued.

“It’s about the big guy. It’s about the Godfather, Joe Biden is the Godfather. He is the one who ultimately is profiting on this corruption,” Cruz said. “He is the one who is abusing official authority to further the criminal activity of his family members. And that’s why this is an issue of public corruption.”

Cruz said the Department of Justice under Biden “desperately” wants “to keep this on,” pointing to the DOJ’s handling of Hunter’s “drug problem.”

“You know what, we wouldn’t be talking about it if it was just one deeply troubled soul,” Cruz continued. “The reason we should talk about it, and the reason why the corporate media and the Democrats desperately don’t want to talk about it, is there is now growing evidence of corruption from Joe Biden himself, when he was vice president of the United States.

“And now when he’s president of the United States, personally enriching himself enriching his family by selling official favors to enemies, hostile foreign governments — that is an issue of highest importance,” he asserted.

Cruz’s comments come as Republicans are geared up to take control of the House in January, with the GOP leadership promising to launch several investigations, including into the Bidens.

The White House is already playing defense against the GOP investigations, with the administration claiming Republicans were pushing “long-debunked conspiracy theories” in their allegations of Biden having a hand in his son’s overseas business dealings.

“Instead of working with President Biden to address issues important to the American people, like lower costs, congressional Republicans’ top priority is to go after President Biden with politically motivated attacks chock full of long-debunked conspiracy theories,” Ian Sams, spokesperson for the White House Counsel’s office, said last week. 

“President Biden is not going to let these political attacks distract him from focusing on Americans’ priorities, and we hope congressional Republicans will join us in tackling them instead of wasting time and resources on political revenge,” Sams added.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Reporters caught up with Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, at a rally for Eric Schmitt on Monday.

When asked, neither Republican said they would support Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for another term as Senate majority leader if the Republicans take back the Senate in the midterm elections. 

When speaking with reporters, Hawley, one of the most conservative lawmakers in Washington, said he would prefer new leadership. 

Hawley’s disagreements with McConnell stem from issues like the funding of the Ukrainian people in their war with Russia and the outrageous spending legislation that passed. 

His response to a direct question regarding whether he would support McConnell or not, Hawley replied, “I don’t imagine I will, no. I’m not sure if any other senator will run or not. Nobody’s indicated they would. But my view is that we need new leadership in that position.”

This week, Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida surfaced as a possible replacement for McConnell. 

Trump called him a “likely candidate” and a “very talented guy” who is “highly underrated.”

“I think Rick Scott is a likely candidate — he hates the guy,” Trump said, implying that Senator Scott is not a fan of Mitch McConnell, to put it mildly.

Scott is the chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. He and McConnell reportedly are at odds over policy decisions and have a frayed relationship. 

Rick Scott was a guest on the Sunday edition of Meet the Press. Moderator Chuck Todd posed a question to Scott about challenging McConnell for the Senate Majority leader position. 

Scott didn’t rule it out but responded diplomatically.

“I’m not focused on anything except getting a majority Tuesday night”…the first step in this hypothetical situation. 

Todd chided him for giving a “non-answer” and his response was the same. He’s focused on the midterms. 

In an interview, Arizona’s Trump-endorsed Senate hopeful Blake Masters indicated that he’s another ‘no vote’ against McConnell. He said, “I certainly think we need new leadership.”

Masters has been very vocal about the lack of support coming from McConnell in his bid for a senate seat. He stated, McConnell “will not own me, McConnell doesn’t love me. And clearly, he had a chance to help. He didn’t do it” and “he doesn’t want me in there, but he’s about to be stuck with me.”

Votes are still being counted in Arizona. We won’t know whether Blake Masters gets that U.S. Senate seat until the results are tabulated. 

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee released a 1,000-page report Friday of potential investigations into how the Biden administration has politicized the Justice Department and the FBI.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the committee, has been gathering information from FBI and DOJ whistleblowers, detailing allegations of politicized justice under President Joe Biden.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the stewardship of Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, is broken,” the GOP report states. “The problem lies not with the majority of front-line agents who serve our country, but with the FBI’s politicized bureaucracy.”

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee say this report is “the first comprehensive accounting of the FBI’s problems to date, which undermine the FBI’s fundamental law-enforcement mission.” 

The report features testimony from whistleblowers who describe FBI leadership in Washington, D.C., as “rotted at its core.” They allege a “systemic culture of unaccountability” and say the bureau is beset by “rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse.” 

Other allegations suggest that the FBI is actively seeking to “purge” employees with conservative views and those who dissent from “woke” diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

Democrats hold a slim majority in the House and most projections have the Republican Party taking the majority and the committee gavels in the next Congress come January. Jordan would be in position to chair the powerful House Judiciary Committee.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The Democrats know that their main vulnerabilities heading into Tuesday’s midterm elections are inflation, gas prices, crime and illegal immigration. The Dem strategy is now to gaslight by pretending those problems don’t really exist, and if they do in some places they’re just the fault of Republican exaggerations in their efforts to win back the House, Senate and state offices.

Hillary Clinton is trying to help out the Democrats by claiming that increased crime is actually a problem Republicans have caused. 

“The states with the highest crime levels are states run by Republicans. That’s just a fact! We saw that very clearly in the recent debate in Oklahoma.” Clinton proclaimed.

Hillary is just trying to scare voters into not voting Republican by claiming Republicans are just scaring voters. It is both confusing and ridiculous.