Senator Reverend Warnock Statement On U.S Move to Ban Russian Petroleum Imports

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Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), a member of the Senate commerce and transportation committee, released the following statement after President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will ban the importation of Russian oil, natural gas, and coal into the country:

“Cutting off our petroleum imports from Russia is the right move for the United States. We must continue to meet Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine with swift and severe consequences. Our country is united in demonstrating to Russia that their unwarranted violence against Ukraine and breach of international law will not be tolerated, and that we stand with the people of Ukraine, their sovereignty, and their right to a free, democratic country.

“Today’s announcement underscores the urgency of giving Georgians and Americans a break at the pump, including passing my legislation to suspend the federal gas tax and provide some relief to drivers’ pockets during this tumultuous time. I’m going to keep pushing to get this done, to lower rising costs for hardworking Georgia families.”

Senator Reverend Warnock (D-GA) recently introduced the Gas Prices Relief Act, new legislation that would lower high gas prices by temporarily suspending the 18 cent federal gas tax until January 1, 2023; this would bring much-needed economic relief to families across Georgia and the country. Senator Warnock’s legislation is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Jackie Rosen (D-NV).