Legislation introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday.
The House passed H.R. 1616, the European Energy Security and Diversification Act, with a strong bipartisan vote of 391-24.
The legislation, introduced by Kinzinger and Congressman Bill Keating, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would help the United States and counties across Europe and Eurasia with global energy security while also encouraging diversification of energy sources and their supply routes.
In an emailed statement, Kinzinger said as energy production in the U.S. rises, it presents a prime opportunity to support our allies and provide an alternative to the stronghold Russia employs over energy sources.
The Senate companion bill was introduced by a bipartisan group of six Senators, including Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
In addition to serving as the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, Kinzinger also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he has long advocated for stronger energy independence on a local and international level.