Even though the US House passed a bill last week to impose a ban on Russian energy imports, Senate sources say it's unlikely their chamber will move on the measure.
That's because senators view the issue as essentially moot after US President Joe Biden took executive action to ban the imports.
Moreover, Sen. Joe Manchin, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, has contended that the House bill is weaker than the executive action — so they see little reason to move on a measure viewed as falling short of the current policy.
The Senate, however, will move quickly — likely next week — to pass the House's bill that would nix Russia's and Belarus' normal trade status with the United States. That measure passed the House overwhelmingly Thursday afternoon.