On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that allowed a Russian oil ban and approved additional sanctions against the Kremlin for the attack on Ukraine.
The bill received wide bipartisan support with 414 lawmakers voting in favor of the bill.
Both Democratic and Republican leaders in the House supported the ban, with President Biden announcing similar moves against Russian oil on Tuesday.
However, not everyone was on board with the latest measures to hit the Russian economy. Here are the 17 lawmakers, two Democrats and 15 Republicans, who voted against the bill.
From the Democratic Party: Cori Bush (Mo.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.). Omar said in an appearance on Hill.TV’s “Rising” on Tuesday that she would vote against the bill due to the impact it would have on other countries.
Omar said in an appearance on Hill.TV’s “Rising” on Tuesday that she would vote against the bill due to the impact it would have on other countries.
“That’s not only going to have a devastating impact on the people of Russia, but on Europe as well,” Omar said. “When we’re having these conversations, they can’t be about just the immediate, gratifying response that we want to come up with.”
From the Republican Party: Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Dan Bishop (N.C.). Glenn Grothman (Wis.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Tom Tiffany (Wis.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Clay Higgins (La.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Madison Cawthorn (N.C.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Chip Roy (Texas), and Thomas Massie (Ky.).
Rep. Biggs said he supports a Russian oil ban, but not without a guarantee that the U.S. would work towards energy independence.
He also condemned reports that Biden is turning to Iran and Venezuela to make oil deals amid the ban.
Gaetz wrote in an op-ed for The National Pulse he would not vote for the bill due to the impacts he believes it would have on Americans.
“I will not join them. Biden’s plan to replace Russian oil with Venezuelan or Iranian oil is needlessly foolish. It will make Americans poorer and less safe. My compassion for Ukrainians won’t force my hand to hurt my own people,” Gaetz said.
This is an excerpt from The Hill.
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