House passes Russian oil import ban amid war in Ukraine


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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to suspend energy imports from Russia, a day after President Biden signed an executive order enacting a similar ban.

The bill passed 414-17, with just 15 Republicans and two Democrats voting against.

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“The House just passed a ban on Russian oil. It’s time to stick with Putin at the pumps!” Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., tweeted to celebrate the bill’s passage.

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“I was proud to take a stand today against Russia and sanction its energy exports for Vladimir Putin’s lawless and bloodthirsty invasion of Ukraine,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., third Republican in the House of Representatives, said in a press release. “However, this bill does not go far enough to offset the devastating impact of Joe Biden’s anti-American energy agenda.”

“Joe Biden needs to do more than trade one dictator for another dictator’s oil,” Stefanik added. “From the beginning, I understood clearly that we must fully sanction Russia, punish Vladimir Putin for his aggressive actions and support the Ukrainian people with the tools they need, except only the American troops on the ground. And I will continue to fight for America’s energy independence on behalf of families struggling with soaring gas prices at the pump and our national security in the face of weak leadership from Joe Biden.”

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 14: Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., speaks moments after being elected chair of the House GOP Republican Conference, replacing Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., at Capitol Hill on Friday, May 14. 2021 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 14: Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., speaks moments after being elected chair of the House GOP Republican Conference, replacing Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., at Capitol Hill on Friday, May 14. 2021 in Washington, DC.
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In addition to banning the import of Russian oil, the legislation aims to limit Russia’s access to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and it reauthorizes legislation that allowed for sanctions against rights abusers of man. However, it stopped short of an original bipartisan agreement earlier this week that would have suspended normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus.

Earlier Wednesday, the House passed a $1.5 trillion spending bill that funds the government until September 30 and includes $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine amid the war. with Russia. The defense side passed by a vote of 361 to 69, and the national side passed by a vote of 260 to 171 with one vote present.

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin
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Russian oil exports account for about a third of Europe’s oil imports, but they only account for just under 10% of total US imports.

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When Biden signed his order, he warned that gas prices — which hit a new high on Wednesday — were likely to continue to rise.




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