WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation banning imports of Russian oil into the United States, an effort to materialize restrictions announced by President Joe Biden in response to the escalating war in Ukraine.
Going further than Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports, the bill making its way through Congress would also encourage a review of Russia’s status in the World Trade Organization and signal US support for sanctions. against Russian officials for human rights violations, as the United States seeks to isolate the regime.
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Lawmakers from both parties have been eager to act, willing to risk higher gas prices at home in order to support Ukraine with a show of American bipartisanship. The legislation was approved Wednesday, 414-17, and now goes to the Senate.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, who helped draft the bill, acknowledged it could cost more to fill tanks at home to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tanks overseas.
“It’s a way of showing our solidarity,” Doggett said during the debate.
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