Senator Kevin Cramer pushing legislation to block sale of oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China

(Fargo, ND) -- U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer is cosponsoring the Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act.

The bill, led by Senator Ted Cruz, would prohibit the U.S. Secretary of Energy from exporting Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) oil to China or selling it to companies with ties to the Chinese Communist Party. It would also establish a condition barring any entity sold SPR oil, from exporting the product to China.

“The SPR is not a commodity the Administration should exploit in an attempt to address its self-inflicted inflation crisis,” said Senator Cramer. “The sooner the U.S. decouples from China, the better positioned we will be to bolster our national security, promote our producers, and leverage our resources. The right play here would be to unleash domestic fuel production and protect our strategic reserve from Communist China.”

Cramer is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. Other republican senators backing the bill include Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton, and Rick Scott. 

Original Air Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2023