26 Sep 2016
Momentum is growing on Capitol Hill for new sanctions against supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as many lawmakers’ patience with the Obama administration’s approach wears thin following the collapse of the latest cease-fire agreement.
President Barack Obama has opposed stepping up sanctions. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) urged the White House last week to lift behind-the-scenes pressure that has prevented House Democrats from backing sanctions legislation headed to the chamber’s floor.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama opposes the Syria sanctions bill because he believes applying unilateral sanctions isn’t as effective as coordinating sanctions with U.S. allies.
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