Washington, D.C. –
Senator Roger Marshall-
U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address. Earlier today, Senator Marshall introduced legislation to ban the U.S. purchase of Russian oil. The legislation was in response to Russia’s unjustifiable war against the sovereign nation of Ukraine.
“President Biden had the opportunity tonight to announce a ban on U.S. imports of Russian oil but instead he continues to use Russia as America’s gas station,” said Senator Marshall. “Having done nearly 100 town hall meetings across Kansas, it’s clear we have a Commander-in-Chief who is not commanding and the state of our union is not what he painted it as this evening. The American people are fed up with having to deal with crisis after crisis created by this Administration. Whether it’s skyrocketing inflation, our porous southern border, embracing socialism, foreign policy disasters in Afghanistan and Ukraine, and more, President Biden’s radical policies and weakness have put our nation’s prosperity and global standing in jeopardy. Make no mistake, President Biden can turn things around by immediately showing strength on the world stage, putting a stop to reckless spending, unleashing America’s energy independence, and immediately banning the U.S. purchase of Russian oil.”
In 2021, the U.S. imported nearly 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Russia. As a nation we have been unnecessarily contributing to the industrial success of a hostile competitor that has repeatedly shown a willingness to weaponize their energy exports. Senator Marshall’s bill swiftly moves to stop financing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and removes Russian fuels from American supply chains. The prohibition in the bill would take effect 15 days after enactment and would exclude shipments that are already in transit at that time. Just yesterday, Canada announced it banned imports of crude oil from Russia.
You may click HERE to view Senator Marshall’s legislation.
Sen. Marshall’s plan to Unleash America’s Energy Independence:
- Immediately Restart the Keystone XL Pipeline.
- Remove burdensome regulations from America’s energy producers.
- Increase natural gas exports to European allies and other global partners.
- Give certainty to oil and gas producers that credit will remain available to them by maintaining the independence of the Federal Reserve and withdrawing the nomination of Sarah Raskin.
- Encourage FERC to reverse their decision to add new barriers to natural gas pipeline approvals.
- Directly instruct the Department of the Interior to allow new oil and gas leases on public lands.
Senator Jerry Moran-
Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) tonight released the following statement following President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address:
“The state of our Union is sobering – we are up against the highest inflation in 40 years, record gas prices, surging violent crime, an historic number of migrants illegally crossing our southern border and alarming instability abroad. Kansas families are looking for a dose of long-overdue candor from President Biden and his administration. In President Biden’s inaugural address, and again tonight, he pledged unity, but unfortunately his first year in office has left the American people empty-handed.
“As Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and unjust invasion rages in Ukraine, murdering innocent people and threatening the security of all of Europe, the world is taking note of our actions, or lack thereof. We must take immediate action to bolster our defense to protect Americans, increase energy production to lessen our dependence on foreign suppliers, provide humanitarian assistance to demonstrate our commitment to global security and further isolate Putin with punishing sanctions. Even today, U.S. dollars are still subsidizing Moscow’s aggression as Russian oil arrives in our ports. This is unacceptable and is why today I introduced legislation and called on President Biden to immediately ban Russian energy imports.
“We face a crucial moment in our nation’s history. It is time for the President to work with Congress on sensible solutions to restore liberty, reduce reckless spending, protect our borders, support law enforcement, become energy independent and send a clear message to the world that America is united against aggression of any type. We need to show the American people that we can and will work together to address issues here at home, and we need to demonstrate to our friends and foes around the world that we are unified in our response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
Congressman Jake LaTurner-
Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Jake LaTurner issued the following statement following President Biden’s first State of the Union address:
“The state of our union is weak under President Biden’s leadership, and Kansans continue to face a laundry list of crises every single day:
- Highest inflation in 40 years
- Soaring energy prices
- Record number of criminals, weapons, drugs, and trafficked persons coming across our southern border
- Failed leadership and multiple foreign policy blunders from the Biden Administration on the world stage
- Surging crime in our cities
President Biden used tonight’s State of the Union address to double down on his failed agenda that has only exacerbated the challenges facing Kansas families. Americans deserved to hear the actual state of our union tonight but instead got a sugarcoated version of reality.
As President Biden and his Democrat colleagues continue to push their radical policies through Congress, I remain committed to standing up for an agenda that reduces costs for hard-working Kansans, prioritizes American energy independence, respects the Constitution, secures the southern border, and puts American workers back in the driver’s seat of our economy.”