Faso Votes to Toughen Sanctions on Russia

Bill Also Targets Iran, North Korea for Provocative Behavior

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Washington, D.C., July 25, 2017 | comments
"Vladimir Putin’s Russia is no ally of ours. The Kremlin’s efforts to influence the 2016 election cycle prove that its ultimate goal is to destabilize and divide the United States. Today my colleagues and I rebuked these provocative actions by Russia and sent a clear message to others who would attempt to disrupt our democratic process: Americans will always stand united in defense of our values.”
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today voted to strengthen sanctions against Russia in response to the Kremlin’s efforts to undermine the 2016 US presidential election. H.R. 3364, the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act, also increases economic and political pressure on the rogue regimes of Iran and North Korea. The bipartisan measure passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 419 to 3.

“Vladimir Putin’s Russia is no ally of ours. The Kremlin’s efforts to influence the 2016 election cycle prove that its ultimate goal is to destabilize and divide the United States. Today my colleagues and I rebuked these provocative actions by Russia and sent a clear message to others who would attempt to disrupt our democratic process: Americans will always stand united in defense of our values,” said Faso.

The Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act requires Congressional approval before the executive branch can ease or lift sanctions on Russia. The bill would require the president to send a report to Congress for any plan to reduce sanctions. Congress would then have 30 days to accept or reject the plan. In addition, the bill would sanction those involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, strengthens transatlantic cooperation among countries countering Russian aggression and expansionism, and increases the president’s authority to impose sanctions on those in violation of certain U.N. Security Council resolutions related to North Korea. The Senate passed similar legislation in June by a vote of 98 to 2.
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