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S. 977: NOPEC

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Would such a judicial case bring down your tab at the pump?


Gas prices are up more than 50 percent over the past year. As of this writing, AAA reports that the national average is $3.04 per gallon, versus $1.97 a year ago.

A good deal of that is due to rising demand, as people once again work from offices rather than at home, attend school in person rather than virtually, and everything from restaurants to entertainment venues reopen at full capacity.

Other causes, though, lie overseas. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a 13-member coalition of nations in the Middle East, Africa, and South America which controls about 79 percent of the world’s oil reserves. They deliberately cut production in March and April. (Although two …

Sponsor and status

Charles “Chuck” Grassley

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Iowa. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Mar 25, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Ordered Reported on May 5, 2022

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on May 5, 2022.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


3 Cosponsors (2 Democrats, 1 Republican)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

As Biden Searches for Solution to Climbing Oil Prices that He Helped Create, Grassley Presses Admin to hold OPEC Accountable
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Sponsor) on Nov 24, 2021

Judiciary Committee Advances U.S. Attorney, Bipartisan Competition Legislation
    — Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] on May 5, 2022

As Oil Prices Surge, Grassley Seeks DOJ Engagement on Bipartisan NOPEC Bill
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Sponsor) on Oct 26, 2021

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Mar 25, 2021

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May 5, 2022
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S. 977 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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