House Votes To Block China From Purchasing U.S. Reserve Oil

Inglewood Oil Field, Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. (Photo by: Citizen of the Planet/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to block oil from the country’s emergency stockpile from going to China.
  • The bill, one of the first introduced by the new GOP majority, would prohibit the Energy Department from selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to companies owned or influenced by the Chinese Communist Party.
  • The bill passed easily, 331-97, with 113 Democrats joining unanimous Republicans in support.

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