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HomeU.S.House votes to ban sales from Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China

House votes to ban sales from Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China

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The House on Thursday passed a bill to ban sales from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China. Entitled the “Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act,” the bill would prohibit the sale and export of crude oil from the reserve to any entity under control of the China Communist Party. “If Republicans were serious about addressing this issue, they would have brought forward a bill that banned all oil exports to China,” he said on the House floor.

The House on Thursday passed a bill to ban sales from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China.

The legislation passed with bipartisan support in a 331-97 vote, with 113 Democrats joining Republicans in backing the measure.

Entitled the “Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act,” the bill would prohibit the sale and export of crude oil from the reserve to any entity under control of the China Communist Party.

Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, said the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is “meant for true energy supply disruptions, like those caused by hurricanes and natural disasters, not to help China.”

“Draining our strategic reserves for political purposes and selling portions of it to China is a significant threat to our national security,” she said.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers,leaves the Speaker’s office to walk to the House chamber, Jan. 6, 2023, to attend the 14th vote for speaker of the House, on Capitol Hill.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP, FILE

But Rep. Frank Pallone, the energy panel’s top Democrat, said while he does oppose exporting U.S. oil to China, the Republican measure does not properly address the issue.

“If Republicans were serious about addressing this issue, they would have brought forward a bill that banned all oil exports to China,” he said on the House floor.

“If we truly want to address China using American oil to build its reserves, let’s actually

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