Louisiana U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today released the following statement after being sanctioned by the Russian government:
“Being sanctioned by President Putin is a badge of honor. It will not stop me from using my power as chair of the Energy Committee to promote America as an energy superpower and help increase energy exports around the world. We must minimize Russia’s influence over Europe, the former Soviet states—especially Ukraine that has fought so long for freedom—and our allies. And it most certainly will not stop me from advocating for orphans in Russia and around the world.”
Landrieu is one of nine high-ranking U.S. officials sanctioned today. Earlier today, she announced the Senate Energy Committee would be holding a hearing next week on natural gas exports.