Senate sends Russian uranium ban to Biden’s desk

By Nico Portuondo | 05/01/2024 06:35 AM EDT

The legislation would would halt imports of Russian uranium by 2028.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who sponsored legislation against Russian uranium imports, is seen during a press conference Tuesday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Senate passed legislation Tuesday banning the import of uranium from Russia, sending the measure to President Joe Biden.

The “Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act,” H.R. 1042, passed by voice vote. It would phase out and eventually ban Russian uranium imports by 2028, with waiver exceptions included if the secretary of Energy deems it necessary to allow some imports in case of a supply shortage. The legislation expires in 2040.

“I have fought for years to end America’s reliance on Russian nuclear fuel. Our efforts have finally paid off with passage of our bill to ban these imports once and for all,” said Senate Energy and Natural Resources ranking member John Barrasso (R-Wyo.).


He added, “Our bipartisan legislation will help defund Russia’s war machine, revive American uranium production, and jump-start investments in America’s nuclear fuel supply chain.”