US lawmakers seek to halt Russian oil imports
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"The United States should not be subsidizing Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine by purchasing and importing Russian oil, petroleum, natural gas and coal," said West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
"Well, our objective and the President's objective has been to maximize impact on President Putin and Russia, while minimizing impact to us and our allies and partners," Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
The senators' proposal was also supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
While sanctions put in place by the US government and allies exempt the Russian oil sector, the invasion has sent oil prices to their highest level in a decade and natural gas prices hitting record highs.