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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) – MSNBC host Katy Tur speculated on Wednesday that Pennsylvania Senator-Elect John Fetterman could run for the presidency someday.

Fetterman’s victory against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz provided Democrats a flipped Senate seat on Tuesday, in which several MSNBC panelists praised him for bringing new leadership tactics to the Democratic Party.

Tur floated the viability of, “Fetterman, as a nominee at some point for president,” before later going on to say that his record for surpassing President Biden and former President Trump’s vote share in the state. 

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell declared that she had extensive experience with Pennsylvania, and praised Fetterman for making so much progress with voters.

“I spent a lot of time covering this race, and with Pennsylvania politics, going back some decades, and I started my career there, but the fact that John Fetterman did, first of all, so much better with White non-college-educated voters. Better than Biden, better than Trump, so he ran ahead of both of them, but he also, you know, did fairly well in the cities and in the unintelligible counties.”

She attributed multiple reasons for Fetterman’s victory, including merely being more palatable to many voters than his Republican opposition.

“I attribute that partly due to the extremism at the top of the ticket in Pennsylvania,” she said. “With Mastriano, Dr. Oz’s comments on abortion, which part of that debate that perhaps did not get as much attention, it got attention from the professionals, but not from a lot of the media, because that really was as big of a deal coming out of that debate as Fetterman’s performance.”

Fetterman was criticized in the final days of the campaign for his lack of transparency over his recovery from a stroke, inconsistent answers on issues like fracking and a widely panned debate performance last month.

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki praised Fetterman for appealing to voters through authenticity.

“I also think he ran everywhere in the state, which is a lesson for Democrats. He left no stone unturned. And he ran as exactly who he is. I mean I have no doubt that if John Fetterman were sitting here, if he were in a bar or if he was with his family in a restaurant, he would be exactly the same person,” she said. “And voters completely see through that. So that is also a lesson for Democrats, too. This is a guy you know who he is, you know what you’re getting, and that ultimately matters in politics.”

Tur went one step above praising his performance as a candidate for Senate, suggesting he could aim for the presidency but acknowledged there are “some variables.” 

“I know there’s some variables, obviously, but I just, you know, what he did in the super-red, deep-red parts of Pennsylvania and the way that he ran ahead of Biden, ran ahead of Trump, and it makes you wonder about his future,” she said. 

Fetterman, the 6-foot, 8-inch lieutenant governor and former mayor of tiny Braddock, Pennsylvania, eked out a narrow win over Oz despite a shocking performance in their only debate. Fetterman began the October 26 by telling viewers, “Goodnight, everybody,” and then proceeded to give a number of head-scratching answers that invited both pity and ridicule.

At one point, he was confronted with his past conflicting statements on fracking.

“I do support fracking — I don’t, I don’t — I support fracking, and I stand — and I do support fracking,” he stammered.

Speeches on the campaign trail have also included incomprehensible soundbites as Fetterman continues to rely on a closed captioning system to field and respond to questions.

“I think that anyone who ever plays football in high school was, you know, at kind of a trade out kind of football camp and there wasn’t any interest I have come play here,” he told a rally just prior to Election Day.

But Fetterman, who campaigned as a blue-collar everyman, typically donning baggy shorts and a hoodie on the trail, was an inspiration to many liberals, including Tur, for his effort to overcome the stroke, which occurred just days before he won the Keystone State’s Democratic primary.

(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) – The most important whistleblower in America right now is Dr. Andrew Huff. He is responsible for exposing several scandals unfolding inside our national security state related to the COVID pandemic.

Tony Fauci. Peter Daszak. Ralph Baric. Hunter Biden. The CIA. The FBI. DHS. Dr. Huff has receipts on everybody involved in the COVID pandemic — and they know it.

In September Dr. Andrew Huff sent a report on the REAL origin of the SARS-CoV2 virus to the US Senate and Congress.

Andrew Huff is the former vice president of EcoHealth Alliance, an Army veteran, and the author of a forthcoming book from Simon & Schuster called, “The Truth about Wuhan: How I Uncovered the Biggest Lie in History.”

Dr. Huff provided proof that the COVID virus that killed millions and resulted in mass starvation and global economic shutdown was created in a Wuhan laboratory.

Dr. Andrew Huff submitted the letter and evidence under penalty of perjury.

His direct supervisor and boss was Dr. Peter Daszak, a name that has become well-known since the onset of COVID-19.

“A bunch of interesting things happened when I first started working there,” Huff said.

He was asked to review a research proposal in late 2014 that was submitted to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to a sworn declaration he provided to Congress last month.

“I didn’t think anything of it. I’m new to an organization, my boss and the other people I worked with asked me to review an academic scientific proposal. That’s totally normal, it happens in every scientific organization,” Huff said.

The proposal involved “gain-of-function” research, a practice which was in flux at the time in the U.S. government, he said. Huff said the proposal indicated that gain-of-function work on SARS-CoV-2 was already underway.

“I attest that I reviewed the proposal that was submitted to NIH which detailed the gain-of-function virology work that was being conducted to create the agent known as SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease known as COVID-19,” Huff said in his declaration.

Dr. Huff is against this practice, he added. He explained gain-of-function involves enhancing the infectivity and transmissibility of a disease being worked on within a lab. In other words, it makes the agent gain function, thereby making it more harmful.

“My opposition to Gain of Functions research stemmed from my Ph.D. studies taught by my Committee Chair, Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, who was also President Joe Biden’s COVID advisor,” Huff said in his declaration.

Gain-of-function work is conducted under the premise that, in a lab, scientists can make a disease more harmful and evolve faster in order to “develop a medical countermeasure,” a vaccine or a drug, to get ahead of the evolution of the disease.

“The worst part is they defer their responsibility of what’s called a biosecurity officer or institutional biosafety committee to a subcontractor. That subcontractor is the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Huff said.

Having a biosafety or biosecurity officer or committee is essential and expected in this field, Huff explained. EcoHealth Alliance did not have a biosafety committee, and subcontracting it was not allowed under federal policy, he said.

Huff said he brought this concern to Daszak, and Daszak said they did not have a biosafety officer but that the issue would be taken care of.

“Why would I argue with my new boss? I’m just hired into this place. He probably knows things that I don’t,” Huff thought at the time.

But he said he noticed Daszak “always had a flippant attitude toward anything security related.” Huff wanted to take on the responsibilities of a biosafety officer himself but was shot down, he explained.

Huff said he voiced concern that Wuhan may be “ripping the organization off.”

“Not so much as they were doing anything to hurt us … [but] genetic material is worth a lot of money,” he said. His concerns were quickly dismissed.

As he was promoted in the organization, he began to ask questions about finances, like how much money was being put into conservation, the alleged purpose of the company. He found that no money was being used for conservation of animals or land, he said.

Huff ended up leaving EcoHealth Alliance in 2016 after issues with another program called Predict came to light, and after he found out that Daszak had been lying to him about day-to-day business dealings, he said.

“There is not one bit of evidence that this naturally emerged. None,” Huff told Alpha News.

He has since filed a lawsuit with Renz Law LLC against EcoHealth Alliance in the state of New York.

He brought forward his concerns with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and was pushed to the side, he said.

“That’s negligence at best. At worst, in this case, you could say it’s murder or manslaughter, something to that effect,” Huff said.

He believes the lab leak was an accident that could have been prevented, and the public needs to know exactly what happened. His biggest concern is that if it remains unknown what went wrong with both policy and the “actual science in the laboratory,” nothing will prevent something similar from happening again.

“If we keep funding gain-of function-work, it’s going to happen again,” he said.

“The problem with [gain-of-function work] is that, fundamentally, it’s naive of humans to think that we can evolve an agent or disease in a laboratory the same way that it would evolve in nature,” he said.

“Day by day there’s more medical evidence coming up, more epidemiology, more research showing that there are a lot of side effects to the mRNA COVID shots. … From a public health policy and research standpoint, what are we doing here? None of it makes sense,” he continued.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) claimed on Thursday that “in some respects” the United States is presided over by a “racist Senate” and accused Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) of promoting “white privilege” and “white power” for objecting

“Voting rights is not going away even though the Senate last night failed to do what it should have done and in some respects we can call it a racist Senate,” the Georgia Democrat said during a remote meeting of the House Judiciary Committee. Johnson was referring to the bipartisan Senate majority that voted to block the Democrats’ election overhaul bills Wednesday night. 

Johnson continued, “The same way we can talk about racism when it comes to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle making statements today about black people and Democrats race-baiting. It’s like, you know, when you mention about how much racism still exists in the soil of America they want to plant their heads in that soil and refuse to acknowledge what’s in the soil.”

Johnson was referring to an earlier statement in the meeting from Republican Rep. Chip Roy who used the term “race-baiting” to describe Democrat claims of “voter suppression” and the party’s efforts to push the federal election overhaul that stalled in the Senate Wednesday night. 

Johnson went on to say that Republicans have become “emboldened” due to former President Trump and what Johnson called his “Make America White Again” movement while also using the terms “white power” and “white privilege” to describe Rep. Roy. 

“I’m just blown away by where we have fallen in our discourse on this committee,” Johnson added after accusing Roy and the Senate of racism. 

Later in the meeting, Roy addressed the “white privilege” label that Johnson had placed on him and explained that his grandmother was raised by a single mom in West Texas in a house with a dirt floor and no indoor plumbing. Roy also detailed the struggles his family has had to endure including family members growing up “dirt poor” during the Depression and his father working himself through college while also suffering from polio.

“I would question the assertion of my ‘privilege’ and ‘white power,’” Roy said.

“Democrats have nothing left to play but the race card given a year of devastating crime, open borders, appeasement of our enemies, and failed COVID policies,” Rep. Roy told Fox News in a statement. “So you accuse the grandson of an orphaned poor West Texas farmer who lost his farm in the Depression of ‘white privilege’ and you go back to race-bating.  Par for the course.”

The office of Rep. Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Several prominent Democrats in recent weeks have labeled opposition to their federal election overhaul bill and claims of voter suppression as “racist.”  

Last week, President Biden linked Republicans and Democrats who oppose his voting rights platform to Democrat segregationists of the past including George Wallace and Bull Connor.

Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Ariz., was disparaged as a “racist” and a “bigot” by members of her own party for opposing the suspension of the Senate filibuster so that Democrats could push through the legislation.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden has raised the white flag of surrender when it comes to his desire to pass federal voting rights legislation.

With an evenly divided United States Senate and several of his fellow Democrats refusing to cast aside the Senate’s filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to pass the legislation, Biden has finally acknowledged reality. He will not get his way.

As The Hill reports:

“President Biden in a moment of brutal honesty on Thursday admitted that his push to enact changes to voting laws and the Senate’s filibuster rule may be doomed.

“‘The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know whether we can get this done,’ Biden said after leaving a more-than-hour-long meeting with Senate Democrats to persuade them to change the Senate’s rules.

“‘I hope we can get this done but I’m not sure,” he said.

“Biden pledged to keep fighting for election reform and voting rights legislation even if Republicans again block an effort to move legislation this weekend.” [emphasis added]

But, here’s the reality. The legislation is dead in the water. With Republicans poised to take back the Senate and the United States House of Representatives in the fast-approaching mid-term elections, the Democrats design on overturning freshly-enacted state voting rights laws in Georgia, Florida, Texas, and several other states, are doomed.

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