Lawmaker sanctioned by Russia announces natural gas exports hearing

The top lawmaker on the Senate Energy Committee announced a hearing on natural gas exports next week after being sanctioned by Russia on Thursday. 

“Being sanctioned by President Putin is a badge of honor,” said Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuProject Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' MORE (D-La.), one of nine U.S. officials who are banned from visiting Russia. 

As chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, Landrieu said she would use her power help increase U.S. energy exports around the world, in acknowledgment that Europe is heavily dependent on Russia for petroleum and natural gas.  

“We must minimize Russia’s influence over Europe, the former Soviet states — especially Ukraine that has fought so long for freedom — and our allies.”

Landrieu added the sanctions would not stop her from advocating for orphans in Russia and around the world.