Murkowski responds to President Bidens state of the union

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - President Joe Biden has vowed in his first State of the Union address to check Russian aggression in Ukraine, tame soaring U.S. inflation, and deal with the fading but still dangerous coronavirus.

    Biden declared Tuesday night that he and all members of Congress, whatever political differences there may be, were joined “with an unwavering resolve that freedom will always triumph over tyranny.”

    “The President hit some good points when it came to Ukraine and Russia, but I think he failed when trying to bring the nation together in a manner and a way that strikes the right chord on unity.”

    Senator Lisa Murkowski was critical of oil and gas sanctions in a statement following the address.

    “I wish that there had been a greater emphasis, however, on the role of the greatest sanction of all. I certainly appreciate what has been put in place with financial sanctions, but we see how Putin has used energy as a weapon, as a tool in this effort in Ukraine and clearly with Europe. The President has chosen to not engage, to not engage literally with energy as a means of sanctions."

    Before leaving the White House though, the President says there's still a chance the US will sanction Russian oil and gas, saying "Nothing is off the table."

    Biden says he'll release more oil from the nation’s strategic reserves even as he warns that oil and gas companies “should not exploit this moment” by raising prices.

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