Republican Representative Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin is demanding answers and action from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Wis., has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch hearings into the Biden administration's request that Saudi Arabia delay a cut in oil production until after the midterm elections," reported Fox.
"Announcing a planned oil cut to production by two million barrels a day, which could send gas prices spiking in the weeks before the U.S. midterms in November, the Saudi government said that the U.S. had requested the cut be delayed a month," according to Fox.
"The government of the kingdom clarified through its continuous consultation with the US administration that all economic analysis indicates that postponing the OPEC+ decision by a month, according to what has been suggested, would have had negative economic consequences," said a Thursday statement from the Saudis.
The statement from the Saudis is important because they lead the OPEC+ oil conglomerate.
"The statement immediately led to concerns from Republican lawmakers that the Biden administration was thinking of the electoral consequences of such a move," reports Fox.
White House spokesman John Kirby said about the cut, "In recent weeks, the Saudis conveyed to us — privately and publicly — their intention to reduce oil production, which they knew would increase Russian revenues and blunt the effectiveness of sanctions. That is the wrong direction."
"We presented Saudi Arabia with analysis to show that there was no market basis to cut production targets, and that they could easily wait for the next OPEC meeting to see how things developed," Kirby added. "Other OPEC nations communicated to us privately that they also disagreed with the Saudi decision, but felt coerced to support Saudi’s direction."
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