Another House Republican took a stand and decided to back the legislation requiring congressional approval in order for President Trump to remove or lessen U.S. sanctions on Russia, known as the Russian Sanctions Review Act.
Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) on Tuesday became the fourth House Republican to back the bill. Dent expressed concern about the Kremlin’s involvement in cyberattacks against the U.S. and Russia’s moves in Ukraine during a press release.
“Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and the repeated cyberattacks that Russia has carried out against U.S. government entities and individuals constitute a real threat to the democratic ideals that have long been held by the United States and our allies,” Dent, a frequent Trump critic, said in a statement.
If the bill is passed, the Trump administration would have to go to Congress for approval if they wanted to lift or lessen the sanctions on Russia.
“In order to modify these imposed sanctions, the President would need to certify to Congress that the government of Russia has stopped the activities that warranted the sanctions in the first place,” Dent’s press release states.
Dent is the fourth House Republican to co-sponsors for the bill. He joins Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Tom Rooney (Fla.) and Michael Turner (Ohio).