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Post Politics Now Biden asks companies to help with gas prices; Jan. 6 panel has questions about Capitol tour

WASHINGTON, DC ‐ June 14, 2022: US President Joe Biden makes his way to the Oval Office on the South Lawn of the White House on June 14, 2022. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)
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Today, President Biden is urging the nation’s largest oil companies to increase production to help reduce the burden of gas prices, which now average roughly $5 a gallon nationally. The pointed language in letters to the companies underscores the political challenge the high prices pose for Biden and fellow Democrats. Later Wednesday, Biden plans to sign an executive order designed to protect LGBT Americans and host a reception at the White House to celebrate Pride Month.

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Meanwhile, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is seeking more information from Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) about a tour he led through the Capitol the day before the riot. After reviewing surveillance video, social media accounts and interviewing witnesses, the committee said it discovered that the conservative lawmaker led 10 individuals through the Capitol complex for hours despite the building being closed to the public. The committee is scheduled to hold its next public hearing Thursday.

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  • 10 a.m. Eastern: The Supreme Court issued decisions in six cases, none related to abortion.
  • 3 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefed reporters. Watch here.
  • 4 p.m. Eastern: Biden and first lady Jill Biden host a reception for Pride Month in the East Room of the White House. Watch live here.

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