Rep. Castor Statement on Vote to Support Ukraine and Ban Russian Oil and Gas Imports
“Vladimir Putin will not win. America will stand up for the people of Ukraine and for freedom and democracy in Europe and across the globe. Following the historic and powerful sanctions imposed by President Biden to hold Putin and Russia accountable, I voted to ban Russian oil and gas imports and send support to people of Ukraine and their armed forces. Russia alone is responsible for the senseless death and destruction in Ukraine, and the United States and its allies will make certain that Putin pays a steep price for his aggression.
“The bipartisan legislation we passed will ban the import of Russian oil and energy products into the United States and cut off a major source of revenue for Putin. As we work to isolate Russia from the global economy, we remain focused on bringing down energy costs for Americans here at home and blunt the effects of Putin’s price hike through releases from the national Strategic Petroleum Reserve. We also are taking steps to review Russia’s access to the World Trade Organization and will continue to work with experts at home and around the world on how to further punish Russia in the global economy.
“The heartbreaking images of the destruction, death and disruption in Ukraine at the hands of Putin have rallied Congress to reauthorize and strengthen the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to impose further sanctions on Russia. Our new bill extends Global Magnitsky so that Russia is held accountable for its heinous attacks on Ukrainian civilians and its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“To further support President Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian people and democracy around the globe, emergency funding totaling $13.6 billion in urgent humanitarian, military and economic aid for Ukraine is included in our omnibus government funding legislation. In the days ahead, we will continue working with Ukrainian leaders to assist their armed forces as they fight this illegal invasion and with global partners to help the two million refugees fleeing their homes.”