Bob Menéndez Previews New Comprehensive Sanctions Legislation Against Russia
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday announced he would introduce comprehensive legislation in the coming days to strengthen and impose new sanctions on Russia. In a scathing statement on the Senate floor, he criticized the Trump administration for their failure to implement mandatory provisions in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), calling it “willful paralysis,” and specifically referenced Trump’s recent visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. “He’s spouted talking points that read like they’re straight from the Kremlin. He’s shown a willingness to accede to Putin’s requests to interrogate Americans. A willingness to accept Putin’s denials about Russian interference. A willingness to attack NATO allies like Montenegro. And a willingness to be a supplicant to Putin’s views,” said Menéndez. The Senator stated that his upcoming legislation will address the administration’s circumvention and close the loopholes left in the CAATSA by increasing sanctions on Russia’s energy and cyber sectors, increasing pressure on Russia’s oligarchs and those closest to Putin, and targeting Russia’s sovereign debt. “It's time to show the American people that we can be patriots and not just partisans. It’s time to show the world we can put country over party. And it’s time that we defend America’s democratic institutions against Russia’s continued aggression.” More here.