WASHINGTON — Senator Mike Braun released the following statement on President Biden’s decision to finally ban Russian oil imports. Senator Braun has been calling to unleash American energy since the Biden administration first stopped prioritizing energy independence, including passing an amendment through the U.S. Senate to stop bans on fracking in February of 2021. Senator Braun called to shut down Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in May of 2021, and supported banning Russian oil imports following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, noting that had President Biden not shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, we would be pumping enough oil in North America to make up for our Russian oil imports.

I’m glad President Biden has finally come around to shutting down Russian energy imports, but gas prices were going up before this invasion because the Biden administration strangled American energy. We must replace Russian oil and gas with energy made in America – not Venezuela, not Iran, not Saudi Arabia – AMERICA.” – SENATOR MIKE BRAUN

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