The Nuclear Fuel Security Act introduced by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican, was approved in a bipartisanship 94-3 vote Thursday.

Sen. Barrasso’s measure was an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to “reduce reliance on nuclear fuel that is recovered, converted, enriched, or fabricated” by Russia.

One senator did not cast a vote, Dick Durbin (D-IL). The three dissenting votes came from Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

“The time is now to permanently remove all Russian energy from the American marketplace,” said  Barrasso. “We know Vladimir Putin uses this money to help fund his brutal and unprovoked war in Ukraine. ”

The Wyoming Republican noted banning Russian fossil fuels as an important step in reducing Russian revenue. He added the U.S. should ban imports of Russian uranium to further defund its war machine.

Banning Russian uranium for U.S. reactors would also help revive American uranium production and increase out national security, Barrasso explained.

“Russia has driven America’s nuclear fuel suppliers out of business,” Barrasso said, adding the U.S. spends “nearly $1 billion each year on Russian uranium” and “Russia uses these revenues to fund its invasion of Ukraine.”


He claimed the U.S. has enough proven reserves of fissionable material available for mining and refining to meet domestic needs for energy production and military deterrence.

Markey and Warren voted against the amendment despite previously voicing concerns about Russian influence in the U.S.

Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia cosponsored the amendment.

“Russia’s invasion completely changed the way natural gas and oil are bought and sold around the world, and the potential for even more supply disruptions — this time to our nuclear energy supply chain — is only increasing,” said Manchin

“This bill would help ensure that American nuclear energy companies aren’t reliant on Russian imported uranium fuel and send a strong message to the world that the United States doesn’t need to rely on Putin for the materials we need to power our country.”

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