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Ohio’s Tim Ryan Voted To Allow Emergency Reserve Oil To Be Sent To Beijing

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The campaign manager for Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan’s Senate bid denied the congressman voted on legislation barring oil from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserves be shipped to China. Ryan, however, voted with 218 of his Democrat colleagues to veto such a motion brought forward by California Republican Congressman David Valadao on Wednesday.

On Twitter, Rep. Ryan’s campaign chief, Dave Chase, responded to a post from rival GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance’s press account which called out Ryan for the vote. Chase called the attack an example of Vance “being a fraud and running a terrible race.”

“The amendment below has never had a floor vote and the vote they’re pointing to was an effort to kill apropos funding that has nothing to do with the [Strategic Petroleum Reserve],” Chase wrote. “Just a straight up lie.”

Latest example of @JDVance1 being a fraud and running a terrible race. The amendment below has never had a floor vote and the vote they’re pointing to was an effort to kill apropos funding that has nothing to do with the SPR. Just a straight up lie. #ohsen https://t.co/xgux8uT1Sr

— Dave Chase (@dchase) July 21, 2022

While Valadao’s one-page motion was indeed filed on an appropriations bill, the proposal explicitly targeted the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The motion reads, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to draw down and sell petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to any entity that does not certify to the Secretary of Energy that … such petroleum products will not be exported to the People’s Republic of China.”

The full chamber vote Wednesday was recorded by the House Clerk here, showing Ryan voted “nay” on the proposal. Valadao’s amendment was proposed as a motion to recommit H.R. 8294, a motion which “is a

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