House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) inspired outrage on Friday after claiming that the U.S. is “in a time of war” while attacking the GOP for criticizing President Joe Biden.
During a bitter rant on the House floor in which Hoyer called out Republicans for criticizing Biden’s hostility towards oil amid a gas price crisis across the country, the congressman suggested that the GOP lawmakers should instead be focusing their energy on the “enemy” because the United States is “in a time of war.”
“It is unfortunate that in a time of war, we spend all the time blaming our own president,” Hoyer said.
Later in his speech, the congressman exclaimed, “I wish we’d get off this and really focus on the enemy— I know there’s a lot of politics, but we’re at war, and we need to produce energy.”
Of course, the fact that “we need to produce energy” is exactly what Republicans are criticizing Biden over. As gas prices continue to hit record highs, the Biden administration has canceled yet another oil and gas lease, this time in Alaska. Since taking office, Biden has been hostile towards the oil and gas industry, and that has been reflected in the price of gas.
Hoyer went on to defend the White House, claiming “[the] Biden administration approved more drilling permits in 2021 than the Trump administration approved in the first three years they were in office.”
While that is true, the number of approved drilling permits has plunged significantly this year, according to Politico. Also, the Trump administration had more red tape to deal with when approving drilling permits, which is why Trump approved significantly fewer drilling permits than Biden. While in office, Trump was slowly able to remove a lot of that red tape. According to the Trump White House Archives, the former president “reduced the time to approve drilling permits on public lands by half, increasing permit applications to drill on public lands by 300 percent.”
Continuing his attempt to defend Biden, Hoyer also pushed the common left-wing talking point that blame for the gas price crisis lies partially with oil companies, accusing them of focusing on profits despite the energy crisis. Despite the left’s best efforts, economists at the Federal Reserve of Dallas have debunked this talking point.
Republican lawmakers have expressed outrage and concern over Hoyer’s comments, as Congress has not declared war on Russia. In fact, the last time Congress formally declared war was in December 1941, when the U.S. declared war against the Axis powers in World War II.
“Which country are we at war with, @LeaderHoyer? I don’t remember a Declaration of War coming up for a vote recently,” Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM) tweeted.
“‘In a time of war.’ — did we vote on a declaration of war? Asking for a friend,” asked Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).
“*checks notes* Excuse me, what?” Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) responded.
“Congress has not voted to go to war. What is wrong with you, @LeaderHoyer?” asked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).