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Walorski on All Indiana Politics: “The March Goes On for Life”

Walorski on All Indiana Politics: “The March Goes On for Life”

Pro-Life Champion Congresswoman Walorski Urges Indiana to Lead on Protecting Life

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) this weekend appeared on WISH TV’s All Indiana Politics to react to the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade, celebrating the historic victory and urging Indiana to lead the way in protecting life.

Watch Congresswoman Walorski’s Full Remarks on WISH TV

Key Excerpts:

“It’s an answer to prayer for me. I’ve been involved for decades working for pro-life causes and for the right for every unborn child to be born and to have the American Dream. This is a historic day.”

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“The march goes on for life at the state level, and I would urge the State of Indiana to be out there as one of the first states acting to protect the sanctity of life.”

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“To actually see this happen today, is an answer to prayer.”

On Friday, Congresswoman Walorski issued a full statement on the Supreme Court ruling. Read more here.

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Walorski: Our Prayers Have Been Answered

Walorski: Our Prayers Have Been Answered

“Our commitment to life will march on.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

“Our prayers have been answered. By rightfully restoring power to the states, the Supreme Court has affirmed the inalienable right to life. As our mission moves to the states, we will not grow weary in doing good. Our commitment to life will march on. As one of the most pro-life states in the nation, Indiana will lead the way in defending the vulnerable, uplifting women and families, and ensuring every child has the chance to achieve the American Dream. Our enduring commitment to life will prevail.”

BACKGROUND

A pro-life leader in Congress, Rep. Walorski has devoted years of work to defending the sanctity of life. Throughout her tenure, Rep. Walorski has voted to protect life, reject taxpayer-funded abortion services, safeguard Americans’ conscience protections, and equip working families to thrive.

As the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, Rep. Walorski is leading Congress’ work to advance pro-family priorities, such as expanded access to child care and paid leave for working families.

In the 117th Congress, Rep. Walorski has co-sponsored important pro-life legislation, including the Dignity for Aborted Children Act, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, the Abortion Providers Loan Elimination Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021, and the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.

Additionally, she has consistently opposed the Democrats’ exclusion of the Hyde Amendment and pro-life protections in spending bills. Congresswoman Walorski also strongly rejected H.R. 3755, the Democrats’ radical “abortion on demand” bill that would override pro-life laws around the country.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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Walorski Introduces Legislation to Seek Justice for Illicit Fentanyl Victims

Walorski Introduces Legislation to Seek Justice for Illicit Fentanyl Victims

“Someone must pay for this devastation.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), as first reported by WNDU, today introduced the Civil Justice for Victims of International Fentanyl Trafficking Act. This legislation would allow fentanyl victims or their families to pursue civil action against a foreign state to seek accountability for those who have refused to deter drug traffickers and cartels. China remains the primary source of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances, which often are trafficked across our porous border by criminal drug networks from Mexico.

“Illicit fentanyl is killing young Hoosiers faster than ever. With this deadly drug flooding across the southern border and into our communities, every town in Michiana is a border town. All too often, illicit fentanyl is made in China, sent to Mexico, and then trafficked across the border and into our neighborhoods. Someone must pay for this devastation,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “My legislation will empower victims and their loved ones to seek justice and accountability from nations that refuse to apprehend those responsible for illicit drug trafficking, such as China and Mexico. Since President Biden refuses to stop the wicked cartels and criminals that prey on Americans, I will keep fighting to secure the border and save Hoosiers’ lives.”

BACKGROUND

Fentanyl, a drug about 100 times more potent than morphine, is a growing threat for young Hoosiers and Americans across the country. Just 2 mg of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose. In 2021, 71,238 American citizens died from fentanyl overdoses, which accounts for two-thirds of the overdose deaths in the United States last year.

The Civil Justice for Victims of International Fentanyl Trafficking Act would allow victims or their families – who were either injured or killed by fentanyl that was trafficked into and within the United States – to pursue civil action against a foreign state that has refused to take action against international drug traffickers and criminal organizations. It would also allow any state attorney general to bring civil action on behalf of the residents of their state who have died or been injured by international fentanyl trafficking. China, Mexico, and India are the leading sources of illicit fentanyl that is trafficked into the United States.

Congresswoman Walorski has been a leader in Congress’ efforts to secure the southern border and stop the flow of illicit fentanyl into Indiana. In addition to supporting a robust border security strategy, she has voted to increase resources to combat substance abuse and addiction, equip law enforcement to protect communities, and provide support for Americans in recovery.

Read the full text of Congresswoman Walorski’s Civil Justice for Victims of International Fentanyl Trafficking Act here.

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Walorski, Pence Lead Indiana Republicans in Calling on Biden Administration to Secure Energy Supply, Prevent Summer Blackouts

Walorski, Pence Lead Indiana Republicans in Calling on Biden Administration to Secure Energy Supply, Prevent Summer Blackouts

MISHAWAKA. Ind. – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Greg Pence (IN-06), as first reported by WISH TV, today led the entire Indiana Republican Congressional Delegation in calling on the Biden Administration to secure our energy supply and prevent potential summer blackouts that could devastate Hoosier families, workers, and industry. They were joined by U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Mike Braun (R-IN), as well as U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon (IN-08), Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09), Victoria Spartz (IN-05), Jim Baird (IN-04), and Jim Banks (IN-03).

In their letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick, the members strongly urged the Biden Administration to reverse course on its anti-energy agenda to combat rising fuel prices and restore energy stability. Given reports of likely blackouts this summer, the members outlined significant concerns about the potential ramifications of blackouts for Indiana’s vital manufacturing workforce.

“The escalating energy crisis has spurred significant ramifications for hardworking Hoosier families, workers, and industry. As we head into the heat of summer, rising prices for electricity and critical fuels, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and coal, are further burdening homes and small businesses across Indiana,” the members wrote. “At the same time, recent reports from entities charged with overseeing the U.S. electric grid have raised serious concern for potential supply shortages and power outages this summer due to insufficient resource capacity. As one of the largest manufacturing centers in the nation, Indiana relies on a secure, reliable, and resilient electrical grid to produce American-made goods and sustain a robust workforce.”

As a solution, the members pressed the U.S. Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to forgo unsustainable environmentalism goals and bolster Indiana’s energy security by restoring a robust “all-of-the-above” approach to harness the full potential of American-made energy sources. Reliable and resilient energy sources, they write, will lower costs, restore stability, and make our nation safer and stronger.

“Given the urgency of this crisis, we request an update on the Biden Administration’s plans to prevent summer power outages and blackouts, and to restore our nation’s grid to a reliable and secure future. A dependable power grid is vital not only for Americans’ economic prosperity, but also our nation’s leadership and competitiveness in the 21st century,” they continued.

Recently, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), Inc. have issued reports indicating the Midwest could be at high risk of reliability issues this summer due to factors spurred by the Biden Administration’s policies that have forced a transition away from traditional energy sources.

The full letter is available here and below.

June 17, 2022

Dear Secretary Granholm & Chairman Glick:

The escalating energy crisis has spurred significant ramifications for hardworking Hoosier families, workers, and industry. As we head into the heat of summer, rising prices for electricity and critical fuels, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and coal, are further burdening homes and small businesses across Indiana. At the same time, recent reports from entities charged with overseeing the U.S. electric grid have raised serious concern for potential supply shortages and power outages this summer due to insufficient resource capacity. As one of the largest manufacturing centers in the nation, Indiana relies on a secure, reliable, and resilient electrical grid to produce American-made goods and sustain a robust workforce.

Recently, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) issued an alarming assessment that the Midwest is at very high grid reliability risk due to a confluence of factors, including the notable transition away from base-load coal and nuclear power plants. In NERC’s estimation, the Midwest region could face a 2.3% shortfall compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the Midcontinent Independent Service Operator (MISO), which manages grid reliability for almost all of Indiana, has sounded alarms about the consequences of the administration’s burdensome regulations for critical base-load power supplies.

The radical transition away from traditional fuel sources has exacerbated current grid vulnerabilities, leaving families and manufacturers susceptible to an unexpected generation supply shock. Rather than dismiss domestic energy sources, we must prioritize an “all-of-the-above” strategy to utilize all resources available. Whereas a hasty reliance on untested technologies could leave our constituents vulnerable during demand surges or inclement weather, a full range of fuel sources will shore up our energy security and protect Hoosiers from disruptions.

Stable and reliable forms of energy are critical for hardworking Hoosiers who already are facing record- breaking economic burdens. Instead of pushing unsustainable environmental extremism, we have an opportunity to pursue commonsense solutions to lower costs, maintain stability, and make our nation safer and stronger.

Given the urgency of this crisis, we request an update on the Biden Administration’s plans to prevent summer power outages and blackouts, and to restore our nation’s grid to a reliable and secure future. A dependable power grid is vital not only for Americans’ economic prosperity, but also our nation’s leadership and competitiveness in the 21st century. We appreciate your expeditious attention to this pressing issue and look forward to hearing the Biden Administration’s plans to prevent avoidable power outages this summer.

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Walorski, Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Educational Choice for Children Act

Walorski, Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Educational Choice for Children Act

Legislation Expands Education Freedom and Supports Parents’ Rights

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), as first reported by the Washington Examiner, today introduced the Educational Choice for Children Act, which would support parents’ right to choose school options that work for their family. Specifically, this legislation would expand education freedom and opportunity for millions of students by providing a charitable donation incentive for individuals and businesses to fund scholarship awards for students to cover expenses related to K-12 public and private education, amounting to $10 billion on an annual basis.

Rep. Walorski introduced the Educational Choice for Children Act alongside House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), House Committee on Education and Labor Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Republican Study Committee Chair Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Rep. Jim Baird (R-Ind.), Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (R-Iowa), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), and Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.). U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) introduced the companion legislation in the Senate.

“Our children’s education is the key to America’s future success. Every child should have the opportunity to live the American Dream – regardless of their zip code or socioeconomic background,” said Rep. Walorski. “Offering families school options will help millions of children access the best possible education for them. As we look to our nation’s future, this investment will restore power to parents and equip every American child to thrive.”

“Giving parents the ability to make decisions over their child’s education puts that child’s needs first,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Our bill provides yet another opportunity to empower parents and allow millions of children to thrive in a school that’s best for them.”

“Educational choice is a critical way to provide the best opportunities for our students, and this bill will allow families to determine the highest quality and most suitable education for their children,” said Chair Stefanik. “Importantly, this legislation can equip students in rural communities with additional supports to supplement their learning in the local school, bringing new opportunities to families that have traditionally lacked educational options. I will continue to empower parents to be able to choose what is best for their children’s education, regardless of zip code.”

“America’s education system must be more responsive to parents. That means more transparency and more respect for the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children. It also means providing parents more freedom to choose the best education for their children,” said Leader Foxx. “The Educational Choice for Children Act offers families a lifeline so their children can receive an education tailored to meet their own needs. Educational freedom begets opportunity and success for America’s children, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this bill a reality for America’s families.”

“When parents don’t have options, their children suffer, and public schools aren’t incentivized to respond to parent’s needs. Republicans are pushing our public schools to serve American families and we are committed to ensuring every student can receive a high-quality education,” said Chairman Banks. “Our tax code should encourage donations that expand children’s educational opportunities. More and more families are using public school alternatives, and many would prefer to opt out, but are unable to for financial reasons.”

“In America, a child’s education should never be determined by their race, income, or zip code. Unfortunately, our country’s one-size-fits-all education system leaves far too many students behind,” said Rep. Owens. “I am proud to support the Education Choice for Children Act because it expands education freedom, unlocks high-quality opportunities, and helps students across the nation reach their God-given potential.”

“Parents should have a greater say in their child’s education, and this bill does that,” said Rep. Kelly. “Our children make up about 25 percent of the U.S. population, but they are 100 percent of our future. We must give parents and children every opportunity to pursue the education that is best for them and that puts them on the best path forward from day one.”

“Expanding education opportunities and freedom for k-12 students is critical to ensuring our children get the best education possible. By creating incentives for individuals and businesses to fund scholarships that help families cover the costs of school-related expenses from tuition to textbooks, we can be confident that students are able to pursue the best educational opportunities around them rather than being held back by personal financial circumstances,” said Rep. Baird. “I believe education is one of the greatest gifts we can give future generations of Americans, which is why I am proud to co-sponsor Rep. Walorski’s Education Choice for Children Act.”

“Education gives every child, no matter the zip code, socioeconomic status, or background, the opportunity to succeed. The last two years have shown us that every student needs to have the ability to choose the best education option to suit their unique circumstances,” said Rep. Miller-Meeks. “The Educational Choice for Children Act will increase access to educational opportunities for children across Iowa Second District, especially in our rural communities. I left home at sixteen to find the best education for myself and I am proud to join in introducing this important and commonsense bill to support our students.”

BACKGROUND

The Educational Choice for Children Act:

  • Provides $10 billion in annual tax credits to be made available to taxpayers. Allotment of these credits to individuals would be administered by the Treasury Department.
  • A base amount will be set for each state and then the credits are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Uses a limited government approach with respect to federalism, thus avoiding mandates on states, localities, and school districts.
  • Includes provisions that govern Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs), as SGOs are given the ability to determine the individual amount of scholarship awards.

An estimated two million students in any elementary or secondary education setting, including homeschool, are eligible to receive a scholarship. Eligible use of scholarships awards includes tuition, fees, book supplies, and equipment for the enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary school.

The Educational Choice for Children Act has received the endorsement of the Association of Christian Schools International, the Invest in Education Foundation, and the American Federation for Children. Read the full text HERE.

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Walorski: Inflation Is Crushing Women and Working Families

Walorski: Inflation Is Crushing Women and Working Families

“Americans wonder how to afford skyrocketing costs at the gas pump, the grocery store, and nearly everywhere else.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today exposed the true cost of radical big-government intervention and skyrocketing inflation for Indiana’s women and working families. During a Ways and Means Committee hearing on the so-called “burnout epidemic” among working women, Congresswoman Walorski highlighted solutions she has offered to address the kitchen table issues – such as climbing gas prices, paid time off, and child care – for women and families, saying:

“Women and families in my district need gas prices to get under control. They need prices to stop climbing. While inflation runs at a new 40-year high and economists predict a recession on the horizon, Democrats are accusing Republicans of ‘blocking’ policies to help working women.

“Last year, Committee Republicans offered to work with Democrats and provided a commonsense alternative with flexible options for families in the Protecting Worker Paychecks and Family Choice Act. Yet, instead of working with Republicans, Democrats chose a partisan, go-it-alone approach that has made life harder for working women. Members of this Committee have an opportunity to work together to make it easier to balance the competing demands of work and family.”

Congresswoman Walorski shared the firsthand experiences of women leaders who are facing the consequences of inflation, workforce shortages, and supply chain bottlenecks every day.

On Jill Houin, a Hoosier dairy farmer and entrepreneur from Marshall County:

“At home in Indiana, Jill Houin helps run a 4,800-cow dairy farm operation and owns a restaurant in Marshall County.  Jill is a creative and hardworking Hoosier who is leading example of the innovation happening at dairy farms across Indiana. The biggest challenges for Jill’s family farm and restaurant are out-of-control inflation, labor shortages, climbing energy costs, and supply chain disruptions directly impacting her business.”

On Carol McDowell, a Hoosier CEO from Elkhart:

“I recently talked to another strong Hoosier woman, Carol McDowell, who leads a family-owned metal finishing company in Elkhart, Indiana.  As she told me, their delivery costs have soared from 300 to 400 percent with the rising prices of diesel and gas. This CEO went on to tell me that increasing regulations have made it even more difficult to deal with skyrocketing inflation. As she said, it is frustrating that their company makes products the cleanest way possible – all while the U.S. cripples itself with overly burdensome regulations.”

Congresswoman Walorski, who serves as the top Republican on the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, has led commonsense alternatives to expand access to affordable child care and paid leave for families. The Protecting Worker Paychecks and Family Choice Act would increase access to paid family and medical leave as well as affordable child care, while rejecting Democrats’ partisan approach that would make it harder for workers to access the paid leave and child care they need.

Watch her full remarks from today’s hearing here.

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Walorski: Biden’s Inflation Is Burning Hoosiers This Summer

Walorski: Biden’s Inflation Is Burning Hoosiers This Summer

“This is shaping up to be a painful summer for families, farmers, and workers across Indiana and beyond.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement on today’s Consumer Price Index report that confirmed inflation has increased to 8.6 percent – a new 40-year high.

“While President Biden doubles down on his radical agenda, skyrocketing prices are burning Hoosiers this summer. As inflation rises to yet another 40-year high, everyone is getting crushed – from the gas pump to the grocery store. After Democrats spent months laughing off real inflation fears, this is shaping up to be a painful summer for families, farmers, and workers across Indiana and beyond.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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Walorski: We Must Recover Unemployment Fraud and Seek Justice for Taxpayers

Walorski: We Must Recover Unemployment Fraud and Seek Justice for Taxpayers

“We must send a clear signal that fraud will not be tolerated.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today helped to introduce the Chase COVID Unemployment Fraud Act of 2022, which would fight pandemic unemployment fraud and hold bad actors accountable.

Criminals capitalized on pandemic relief programs and stole billions from hardworking American taxpayers during one of our nation’s darkest hours,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “Our legislation, the Chase COVID Unemployment Fraud Act of 2022, will take important steps to restore order and recover taxpayer funds. We must send a clear signal that fraud will not be tolerated. As a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, I will continue to fight to expose fraudsters’ deception, get answers, and hold criminals accountable.”

Experts have estimated that up to $400 billion of pandemic unemployment relief has been lost to fraud. Just last month, the Washington Post reported that an estimated $163 billion has been captured by fraudsters.

Congresswoman Walorski serves as the top Republican on the Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, which has broad jurisdiction over employment issues. She has led public meetings with industry experts to raise awareness and offer safeguards to taxpayer dollars. Previously, she helped to introduce H.R. 3268, the Combatting COVID Unemployment Fraud Act of 2021, and has called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate this fraud.

Congresswoman Walorski introduced today’s legislation alongside House Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Committee on Oversight and Reform Republican Leader Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), House Committee on Small Business Republican Leader Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), and House Committee on the Budget Republican Leader Jason Smith (R-Mo.), as well as fellow Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Read the full text of the Chase COVID Unemployment Fraud Act of 2022 here.

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Walorski to Sec. Yellen: Inflation in This Country Is a Flat-Out Disgrace

Walorski to Sec. Yellen: Inflation in This Country Is a Flat-Out Disgrace

“The administration’s policies have given us climbing gas prices, persistent supply chain bottlenecks, workforce shortages, and surging inflation.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today strongly urged Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to address inflation and rising energy costs that are plaguing Hoosiers and Americans across the country. In a Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Biden Administration’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget, Congresswoman Walorski discussed the devastating realities of these Biden-era burdens for families, workers, and industries in Indiana.

“Inflation in this country is a flat-out disgrace. There is no way to blame this on anything other than this administration’s policies. These aren’t stories – these are the American people,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “They are so fed up with it…I’ve never seen anything like what is happening in this economy.”

Congresswoman Walorski raised the consequences of skyrocketing gas prices – currently over $5.25 per gallon in Northern Indiana – and record-breaking inflation for the Hoosiers she represents.

“Increasing prices for gas and everyday necessities are hurting everybody in this district – from seniors to working families. The administration’s policies have given us climbing gas prices, persistent supply chain bottlenecks, workforce shortages, and surging inflation. The need for relief has never been greater,” Congresswoman Walorski continued.

During the hearing, Congresswoman Walorski also encouraged Secretary Yellen to prioritize a more robust Section 301 exclusions process, especially restoring Trump-era policy, which would provide relief to Indiana’s critical manufacturing industry.

Watch their full conversation here.

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Walorski Statement on Record High Gas Prices in Michiana

Walorski Statement on Record High Gas Prices in Michiana

“Instead of pipelines, the Biden Administration has given us delusional pipe dreams.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement as gas prices rose to nearly $5 per gallon in Michiana.

“As gas reaches nearly $5 per gallon in Michiana, Hoosier families are feeling pain at the pump and beyond. In Indiana and across the country, Americans are being forced to make tough choices every day while fuel prices jump to new records. When we need them most, our vital farmers and truck drivers are getting crushed by out-of-control diesel costs.

“On the campaign trail, the president promised to kill America’s booming energy industry – and now he has delivered a cruel ‘incredible transition’ to skyrocketing fuel costs. Instead of pipelines, the Biden Administration has given us delusional pipe dreams. This summer, the American people will pay a steep cost for Joe Biden’s War on Energy.”

gas prices 5.31.2022

In La Porte, Ind., gas prices rose to $4.99 per gallon. Today the national average for gas hit another new high of $4.62 per gallon, according to AAA data.

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