Reps. Ted Budd, Randy Weber Propose Bill To Stop Russia's Financing of the Green New Deal
Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Ted Budd (R-NC) and Randy Weber (R-TX) led several House members to introduce the Countering Russian Influence in our Politics Act.
The bill requires any U.S. organization that receives funding from Russia to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Organizations that register under FARA are subject to a host of disclosure and reporting requirements. The bill imposes a requirement to report all Russian donations since the Crimean invasion in 2014.
The bill comes after Rep. Budd called for an investigation of Russian funding of U.S. environmental groups who advocate against American energy production.
Original co-sponsors include Reps. Randy Weber (R-TX), Scott Perry (R-PA), Mary Miller (R-IL), Brian Babin (R-TX), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Andrew Clyde (R-GA).
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“The prospect of Russia funneling money to U.S. environmental groups to do Russia’s bidding and actively oppose U.S. energy is a dangerous form of interference in our politics. It is time to shine a light on how and why green energy groups undermine American energy dominance, destroy American jobs, and weaken America on the world stage.”
Rep. Weber said in a statement:
“Vladimir Putin knows that American energy dominance threatens his regime. To counter American energy leadership, Putin and his allies have been financing Radical environmentalists in their war on American oil and gas production. Putin manipulates these “useful idiots” to target and harass domestic American energy projects that would put us on a course to energy independence. No more. This bill would expose those environmental front groups, with their ‘Putin paychecks’, and require them to register as foreign agents.”