The Russia Sanctions Review Act has been put in place by bipartisan group of senators. They’re honing in on President Trump and his ties with Russia. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) predicted that the legislation could pass with 80 or 90 votes. There has been Senate-wide bipartisan pushback regarding Trump’s blasé attitude toward Moscow.
This legislation forces President Trump to certify Russia cut support for separatist fighters in Ukraine and stopped actions intended to undermine the country’s stability.
Lawmakers have 120 days to pass a joint resolution of disapproval to block Trump from lifting sanctions on Russia while Congress reviews the proposal.
This legislation, drafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), requires President Trump to notify Congress before lifting any sanctions tied to Ukraine or Russia’s meddling in the White House race. This legislation also helps bolster congressional input and understanding of Trump’s policy.
Senator McCain said lifting sanctions sends the wrong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who continues to oppress his citizens, invade his neighbors, and undermine our election. President Trump sparked backlash when he pushed back against Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s when he called Putin a killer.
Senator Cardin compared the legislation to a 2015 bill — which passed the Senate with near unanimous support — to allow lawmakers to review and block the Iran nuclear deal.