Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Want to Stop the U.S. From Exporting Oil to China

Florida’s two U.S. senators–Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott–are backing a proposal to “prohibit the exportation of oil and petroleum products from the United States to the Peoples’ Republic of China, and ensure we do not unwittingly aid and support our primary adversary.”

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the “China Oil Export Prohibition Act” with Scott co-sponsoring it.

“While gas prices soar across the country, the Biden Administration is allowing half a million barrels of American oil to go to China every day,” Rubio said. “This is unacceptable. We need to increase American oil production and give priority to domestic consumers, not send oil to a genocidal regime half a world away.”

“It’s absurd that we continue to export oil to Communist China while Americans pay more than $5 per gallon of gas here at home,” Scott said. “In the first three months of 2022 alone, the U.S. sent nearly 52 million barrels of oil and petroleum to Communist China. Meanwhile, families here dealing with skyrocketing prices are forced to choose between putting gas in their cars and food on the table for their kids. Americans must come before sales to Communist China. I urge my colleagues to support this good bill.”

Rubio’s bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. House.

Kevin Derby
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