Speaker Pelosi Throws Support Behind Ban On Major Russian Import
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she backs proposals that have been made to ban Russian oil imports in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine.
There is a growing number of Democrats who have called on President Joe Biden to take action and block the sale of Russian oil in the United States as a means of punishing Putin for his invasion.
Currently, the United States imports close to around 670,000 barrels of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia every day, according to reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
“I’m all for that,” Pelosi went on to tell reporters about the proposals to ban these imports. “Ban it. Ban the oil coming from Russia.”
Sens. Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski are expected to introduce a bipartisan bill that would block the U.S. government and U.S. companies from importing Russian crude oil or petroleum products for the duration of the invasion.
Biden indicated he is open to such a ban, telling reporters Wednesday that “nothing is off the table,” but White House officials have argued the move would reduce energy supply and raise gas prices.
Also during her press conference, Pelosi responded to a question about outbursts from Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene during Biden’s State of the Union address this week, telling reporters she agrees with comments from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“I agree with what Sen. Lindsey Graham said: ‘Shut up,’” Pelosi commented. “I think they should just shut up.”