Pelosi backs ban on Russian oil imports

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday backed proposals to ban Russian oil imports in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine.

A growing number of Democrats are calling on President Joe Biden to block the sale of Russian oil in the United States to punish Putin’s invasion. The U.S. imports about 670,000 barrels of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia each day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Some lawmakers argue cutting off these purchases would be financially crippling for Russia, deterring its aggression.

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