Budzinski Continues Bipartisanship with Vote to End Oil Sales to China from U.S. Reserves

Today’s action marks the second bipartisan vote of Budzinski’s first week in Congress

Jan 12, 2023
Economy
Energy
Press

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski joined her Republican colleagues in a vote to end oil sales from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China. This marks the second major bipartisan action of her first week in Congress. 

“Our adversaries have no business benefiting from American energy production, especially while working families struggle with high gas prices,” said Congresswoman Budzinski. “That’s why I joined my Republican colleagues in a vote to end oil sales to China from our strategic reserves. And it’s why I support a broader bipartisan bill to ban these oil exports to other adversaries like Russia, Iran and North Korea. I’ll keep reaching across the aisle to secure energy independence and bring down costs for folks in Central and Southern Illinois.” 

The Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act would ban the sale and export of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China. The bill prohibits the Department of Energy from selling petroleum products from the strategic reserve to any entity that is under the ownership, control or influence of the Chinese Communist Party. 

Congresswoman Budzinski took additional action this week to reduce American energy prices, joining 41 Democrats and Republicans to introduce the Banning Oil Exports to Foreign Adversaries Act. This broader bipartisan proposal would ban China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and other sanctioned nations from purchasing oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves.

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