Pelosi Statement on House Action on Russia Sanctions Bill


Date: July 22, 2017
Location: San Francisco, CA
Issues: Foreign Affairs

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after it was announced the House will move to return the GOP-stalled bipartisan Russia sanctions legislation to the Senate, resuming progress toward putting the bill on the President's desk:

"Russia's outrageous and unacceptable behavior in our election and in Europe demands that we have strong, statutory sanctions enacted as soon as possible.

"Even though the Senate passed legislation to do just that by a margin of 98 to 2, I am concerned by changes insisted upon by Republicans that give the GOP leadership the sole power to originate actions in the House to prevent the Trump Administration from rolling back sanctions.

"Furthermore, while we support the tougher sanctions on North Korea, which the House has already passed, I am concerned that adding them to this bill instead of standalone legislation will cause further procedural delays in the Senate. It is essential that the addition of North Korea to this package does not prevent Congress from immediately enacting Russia sanctions legislation and sending it to the President's desk before the August recess."