Lawmakers On The Move To Limit Trump On Russia Sanctions
Donald Trump might be on the move to lift the sanctions off Russia but not before a bipartisan group of senators do something about it.
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.) introduced legislation Wednesday setting up a period of congressional oversight before Trump could roll back financial penalties.
The Russia Sanctions Review Act will require President Trump to inform Congress before taking any actions in lifting sanctions tied to the invasion of Ukraine or Russia’s intervening in the White House race.
One of Trump’s biggest Republican critics, Lindsey Graham stated that “to provide relief at this time would send the wrong signal to Russia and our allies who face Russian oppression. Sanctions relief must be earned, not given.”
Top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin said that “It’s not an attack against President Trump. This is basically to reestablish our role.”
The Senators have 120 days to pass a joint resolution of disapproval that would block Trump from lifting the sanctions. During this period Trump will not be able to lift the sanctions either.
John McCain also raised his concern for lifting the sanctions. He said it would send the “wrong message” to Vladimir Putin.
Speaking of Putin McCain Said, “[he] continues to oppress his citizens, murder his political opponents, invade his neighbors, threaten America’s allies, and attempt to undermine our elections.”