To Russia With Love, From Bob Menéndez
Following the president's widely-criticized meeting with Vladimir Putin, Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) introduced bipartisan legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia. The Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was joined in introducing the measure by Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John McCain (R-AZ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act would require a two-thirds Senate vote to leave NATO; set up an Office of Cyberspace and the Digital Economy within the State Department to address cyberattacks; and make it a crime to electronically target power plants, dams, and other infrastructure. The bill would also allow the DOJ to file charges for hacking voting systems used in federal elections and require title insurance companies to provide details on those buying high-priced residential real estate. “Vladimir Putin continues to pose a growing threat to our country and allies. While Congress overwhelmingly passed a strong set of countermeasures last year, unfortunately, the Administration has not fully complied with that legislation. This bill is the next step in tightening the screws on the Kremlin and will bring to bear the full condemnation of the United States Congress so that Putin finally understands that the U.S. will not tolerate his behavior any longer,” said Menéndez. More here.