Senator Cornyn

Cornyn: Biden Picks Venezuelan Oil Over American Energy

March 7, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed reports that President Biden is looking to ban Russian oil and ease sanctions on other authoritarian governments like Venezuela to fill the gap instead of harnessing energy production in his own country. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“There are media reports today the Administration is considering easing sanctions on Venezuelan oil to compensate for what nations import from Russia. But I have to ask… why on earth would we trade one oil-rich dictator for another?”

“Instead, here’s a novel concept perhaps the Administration would consider: Why don’t we boost our own production from here in the United States and sell it across the globe?”

“It’s truly shocking that this Administration is so against and so opposed to American oil and gas that they’d rather make it easier to buy oil from the Maduro regime than from here at home in America. It’s simply unfathomable and inexcusable.”