WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), along with U.S. Representatives Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and William Keating (MA-09) on Friday applauded passage of their European Energy Security and Diversification Act that was included in the appropriations package and will head to the president’s desk to become law. This legislation, for the first time, allows the United States to help finance strategic energy projects in Europe and Eurasia. This is a substantial new tool for the United States to combat malign Russian influence and create economic opportunities at home and abroad.
“For too long, Vladimir Putin has weaponized Russia’s oil and energy resources to strong-arm nations on its periphery, including NATO member countries. This legislation responds to this national security challenge by promoting energy security and diversification of supply so these nations can become energy autonomous. This legislation greatly increases NATO security, and we’re glad to have worked with the administration and across the aisle to make this law,” said the Members.
The European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2019 as included in the FY20 omnibus would: