House votes to prevent China from buying Iranian oil

By Emma Dumain | 04/16/2024 06:27 AM EDT

Lawmakers debated the bill in the wake of Iran’s weekend attack on Israel.

Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.).

The House approved legislation from Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) against Iranian oil exports. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House passed legislation Monday that would impose further sanctions against Iran — by making it harder for China to purchase Iranian petroleum and petroleum products.

H.R. 5923, the “Iran-China Energy Sanctions Act,” was one of nearly three dozen bills House Republican leaders scheduled for floor consideration this week in direct response to Iran’s attacks on Israel over the weekend.

The proposal, which passed 383-11, was the only measure debated Monday that would specifically hamper Iran’s ability to profit off its energy resources.


Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.), the co-sponsor of the bipartisan bill alongside Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), noted that Iran is exporting around 1.5 million barrels of petroleum a day, the highest levels in four years.