Mar 20, 2014 7:50 PM by Letita Walker

Louisiana senator among several lawmakers banned from Russia

A Louisiana senator is among a list of high-ranking government officials banned from travelling to Russia. It's all part of the fallout after the Russian takeover of Crimea.

This morning, President Obama introduced a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia including members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank.

In response, Russia said it was issuing its own sanctions against nine lawmakers and leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Sens. John McCain, Dan Coats and Mary Landrieu.

Landrieu immediately sent out a tweet which said, "It's a badge of honor to be sanctioned by President Putin."

She said the sanctions won't stop her, as the chair of the Energy Committee, from promoting increased energy exports from the U.S.

There are scheduled hearings next week in Washington to expand liquefied natural gas exports from shale formations, including ones in Louisiana.

Landrieu said that will bring the U.S. in direct competition with a Russian's monopoly that supplies Europe. She said Louisiana is the only state that has begun construction on a gas-export terminal.



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