House Passes Energy Legislation as Counter to Russian Influence

March 25, 2019, 11:02 PM

House lawmakers passed a bill 391-24 on March 25 to help European countries develop their energy resources outside of Russian influence.

H.R. 1616 would authorize nearly $580 million through fiscal 2021 to increase the State Department’s work to reduce Europe’s energy dependence on Russia and spur private investment in alternatives.

“This legislation would help our European partners develop and diversify their own energy sources, which would increase their own security and defend against the malign activities of the Kremlin,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), the bill’s sponsor, said in a March 11 news release.

The bill would direct...

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