Kuster Votes To Protect National Security, Urges Further Action To Secure Strategic Petroleum Reserves from Foreign Adversaries
**The Republican-controlled Congress voted in 2015 to reverse the 40-year ban on exporting crude oil – including to foreign adversaries – thereby allowing American oil exports to China**
Washington, January 12, 2023
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a senior Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, voted in favor of H.R. 22, the Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act, and urged further action to protect our energy and national security. Yesterday, Kuster helped reintroduce the bipartisan Banning Oil Exports to Foreign Adversaries Act, more comprehensive legislation to stop all foreign adversaries, not just China, from purchasing critical resources from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
“The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is a critical emergency resource to protect American families, businesses, and our national security,” said Kuster. “We should not be selling energy from this emergency reserve to any of our foreign adversaries, including China, but also those like North Korea, Russia, Iran, and other countries facing U.S. sanctions. The legislation passed by the House today is a step in the right direction to protect our national security and Strategic Petroleum Reserve. More work remains, and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take further action to ensure we do not allow any nation that wishes harm to our country or our allies access to these resources.”
Kuster has been an outspoken voice in Congress for protecting our national security and limiting the sale of energy resources from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to foreign adversaries. In the 117th Congress, she helped introduce the Buy Low and Sell High Act, a bill that not only bans the export of SPR oil to China, but also to North Korea, Russia, Iran, and any other country under U.S. sanctions.