Hearing raises stakes for uranium funding, import ban

By Andres Picon | 03/13/2024 06:34 AM EDT

Disputes have hurt efforts in Congress to approve money for domestic uranium production and to sanction Russian fuels.

Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.).

Massachusetts Rep. Bill Keating, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, says he wants lawmakers to act against Russian uranium imports. Andrew Harnik/AP

A senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee warned fellow lawmakers Tuesday that a failure to pass a stalled national security package could imperil domestic nuclear energy production.

The assertion from Massachusetts Rep. Bill Keating, the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Europe, came during a hearing on reducing the United States’ dependence on Russia’s nuclear sector.

It was perhaps the most high-profile and urgent instance yet of a member of Congress calling attention to the supplemental funding package’s billions of dollars for domestic nuclear fuel production.


Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are deep in efforts to approve new funding for domestic uranium and to block future imports of Russian nuclear fuel, but haggling over legislative priorities has killed any momentum.