MAY 20, 2022

Dusty Johnson Sides with Big Oil Over South Dakotans
Not a single Republican member of Congress voted in favor of a bill to help prevent price gouging at the pump yesterday

As South Dakotans face high gas prices due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and COVID-19 supply chain disruptions, Democrats in Congress yesterday voted for a bill that would help prevent oil and gas companies from price gouging – while their Republican counterparts did not support the measure and continue to do nothing to lower gas prices for South Dakotans. 

“Today’s vote on gas price gouging is yet another example of Republicans pointing fingers and doing nothing to solve the problem,” said SDDP Chair Randy Seiler. “While President Biden and Democrats are taking actions to help lower prices at the pump for South Dakotans, South Dakota’s Republican Representative Dusty Johnson today once again continued a pattern of voting against measures to help lower costs on everything from gas, to prescription drugs, and more.”

This “no” vote is the latest in a long pattern of Republicans actively working against solutions. Just yesterday, the vast majority of House Republicans voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would provide emergency funding to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Earlier this year, most House Republicans, including Representative Dusty Johnson, voted against capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month. Additionally, every congressional Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has saved South Dakotans money on everything from their health care premiums to rent or mortgage to child care costs, and more.