Senators Call for Russia Debt Sanctions in Defense Policy Bill
30 Jul 2019

Two senators — a Republican and a Democrat — are asking for stronger sanctions against Russia in next year’s defense bill, pushing for the final version to include penalties that would be triggered by future election meddling and could hit Russian sovereign debt, energy and defense.

Senators Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, and Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, asked the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to revise the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to include some of their proposals.

“We urge you to ensure that the final conference report includes language to prevent future efforts by foreign governments and foreign actors to interfere in American elections by making it clear that such interference will be met with swift and severe consequences,” Rubio and Van Hollen said.

The House and Senate have passed different versions of the 2020 defense bill, and a conference committee will work on a compromise that must pass both chambers and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law. Rubio and Van Hollen’s bill wasn’t included in the Senate version.

By Daniel Flatley and Steven T. Dennis, Bloomberg, 29 July 2019

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Photo: Kremlin.ru [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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