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Rep. Ashley Hinson says Iowans should be prepared for higher prices and cyber security

Andrew Harnik
Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

The U.S. is the largest oil consumer in the world. Russia represents about three percent of the country’s crude oil imports.

Although percentage-wise it’s not much, some lawmakers say Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could still have a big impact on Iowans’ living expenses, especially amid already high inflation. Global oil prices are expected to rise as a result of the war.

GOP Congresswoman Ashley Hinson said first and foremost, the country should focus on improving domestic energy sources.

“This is a critical infrastructure issue for here at home. It’s a supply chain issue for us here at home to make sure we can afford fuel so we don’t have any disruptions to our food and energy supply," she said.

Hinson also expressed concerns about cyber attack retaliation from the severe economic sanctions the U.S. imposed on Russia.

“I think we need to have a serious conversation about cyber attacks and cyber preparedness," Hinson said. "I think that’s one area where we look at not only Russia, but China, Iran and their presence, not only … and their posturing not only in those regions but what they can do to retaliate against us here at home. That's what I want to make sure we're keeping a very close eye on."

Some of those sanctions are coming specifically from Iowa after last Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds called for the removal of all Russian-made vodka from store shelves.

Kassidy was a reporter based in Des Moines