Senate bars Iraqi oil imports

| Monday, April 22, 2002

The Senate voted 88-10 April 18 to bar Iraqi oil imports. The measure is contained in an amendment to the Senate's version of the energy bill.

The amendment prohibits the imports until Iraq agrees to United Nations inspections of suspected weapons sites and stops financial aid to survivors of Palestinian homicide bombers.

House-passed legislation does not contain the amendment. Both versions will have to be reconciled before a final bill goes to President Bush for his signature.

Under the amendment, Bush could resume imports if he determines they are important to national security interests. Iraqi oil accounts for 8.6 percent, or about 780,000 barrels a day, of U.S. oil imports.

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