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house Bill H.R. 5428

Should Congress Authorize the President to Sanction Russia for the Nerve Agent Attack in the UK?

Argument in favor

Russia should be held accountable for poisoning one of its former spies who turned against them and his daughter with a nerve agent, plus killing one British citizen and hospitalizing two others who were exposed. These sanctions would be an appropriate response that builds on what the Trump administration has done already.

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07/15/2018
Of course Russia should be sanctioned. But, as there is serious evidence of collusion AND Trump wants to meet with Putin alone without any media (to talk about what, I wonder?) this likely will not come to pass. Maybe Republicans should grow backbones to hold the man accountable. Alas, bones like that can't grow on demand.
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Laine's Opinion
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07/15/2018
Russia must be punished for this international chemical attack.
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07/15/2018
Won’t happen though. They’re all on Putin’s payroll.
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Argument opposed

The Trump administration has already imposed sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs and 12 Russian companies for the Salisbury, England nerve agent attack and expelled 60 diplomats from the U.S. No other sanctions are needed, and preventing American investors from buying Russia’s debt won’t really hurt Russia's finances.

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07/15/2018
I don’t think Congress should authorize the president for Jack. Frankly the man should be put in jail. I’m for Congress authorizing him to go to prison. That’s about all I want from this teacup Congress. Otherwise y’all can all just go home till after the elections. Spies killing each other is just part of the risks to the intelligence community. Or did you people naïvely think that this was not part and parcel of the standard procedures? That’s what it means to be a NOC CIA. I imagine it’s nearly the same in other countries.
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07/15/2018
Russia needs to be sanctioned for their poisoning/attempted murder of the Sktipals. Congress, however, needs to do the sanctioning with a veto-proof bill that doesn't give Trump any options. If left to his own devices he will do nothing to interfere with Putin's assault on the United States and his ongoing use of murder to pursue his agenda.
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07/15/2018
They killed ONE or their own agents. Waste of time and money. Mind your own business and stop wasting Congress time. BTW (build the wall )
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What is House Bill H.R. 5428?

This bill — known as the Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act — would authorize the president to sanction individuals who aided the Russian government in carrying out the novichok poison attack on 66-year-old Sergei Skripal, a convicted former MI6 double agent, and his 33-year-old-daughter, Yulia Skripal, in Salisbury, England on March 4, 2018. It’s believed the attack also subsequently led to the death of one British citizen who was exposed to the novichok nerve agent.

This bill would also target Russian government finances by authorizing sanctions that’d prohibit Americans from engaging in or financing transactions involving Russian sovereign debt (i.e. bonds) issued 180 days after sanctions are imposed. It’d also prohibit transactions involving the following Russian financial institutions:

  • Sberbank;

  • VTB Bank;

  • Gazprombank;

  • Bank of Moscow;

  • Rosselkhozbank;

  • Promsvyazbank;

  • Vnesheconombank.

The president would be allowed to terminate these sanctions by certifying to Congress that Russia no longer engages in nerve agent attacks, and could waive sanctions on Russian sovereign debt by providing a written justification to Congress.

Impact

U.S. individuals and companies dealing in Russian sovereign debt; individuals and entities involved in the March 4 poison attack in Salisbury, England; U.S.-U.K. relations; customers of Russian banks; Russian diplomats; and Russian banks.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5428

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Congressmen Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH)  introduced this bill in response to the March 4 Russian nerve agent attack and its violation of international norms:

“The Russian government-sanctioned attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Officer Nick Bailey last month on British soil violated international law and indicates Putin's growing aggression and disregard for international standards of conduct. It's imperative that the United States stands with the United Kingdom and our international partners in signaling resolve with a strong response… That's why we introduced the bipartisan Stand with UK Against Russia Violations Act, which reinforces U.S. commitment to the United Kingdom and NATO by sanctioning those responsible for the Salisbury attack and seeks to deter anyone who will commit similar attacks in the future on behalf of the Russian government. This bill also targets Russian financial institutions until Putin ceases [Russia’s] practice of assassinating expatriates and dissidents outside of Russia. We must send a clear, bipartisan message that the United States stands with our allies and will not tolerate such illegal actions, and this legislation does just that."

There are two cosponsors of this bill, both of whom are Republicans.


Of Note: The March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia left both in critical condition and also is believed to have caused the death of a third person, Dawn Sturgess, who was exposed. Exposure also caused Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey, to become ill during the investigation and Charles Rowley, Sturgess’s partner, to be hospitalized in critical condition. The poison used in the attack, novichok — a nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists for battlefield use against Western troops — is highly toxic.

According to the British government, Yulia Skripal rejected an offer of Russian consular assistance, although she has not been seen or heard from since her release from the hospital. Russia, for its part, has insisted on being allowed access to both Yulia and Sergei, and claims it believes the two are being held against their wills.

While Moscow has denied any involvement in the poisoning, the U.K. France, Germany, and the U.S. have all stated their belief that Russia was behind the attack. Following the attack. The U.K.’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, expelled 23 Russian diplomats related to the attack — a move that was followed by the United States’ expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats from its country and a tit-for-tat expulsion of U.K. and U.S. diplomats from Russia by the Kremlin.

Following the attack, the leaders of France, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K. released a joint statement condemning the attack:

“It is an assault on UK sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of international law. It threatens the security of us all.”

Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: Raylipscombe / iStock)

AKA

Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act

Official Title

To impose sanctions on certain persons responsible for the March 12, 2018, attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
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      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 5th, 2018
    Of course Russia should be sanctioned. But, as there is serious evidence of collusion AND Trump wants to meet with Putin alone without any media (to talk about what, I wonder?) this likely will not come to pass. Maybe Republicans should grow backbones to hold the man accountable. Alas, bones like that can't grow on demand.
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    I don’t think Congress should authorize the president for Jack. Frankly the man should be put in jail. I’m for Congress authorizing him to go to prison. That’s about all I want from this teacup Congress. Otherwise y’all can all just go home till after the elections. Spies killing each other is just part of the risks to the intelligence community. Or did you people naïvely think that this was not part and parcel of the standard procedures? That’s what it means to be a NOC CIA. I imagine it’s nearly the same in other countries.
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    Rather than sanctions, how about fixing our election system before November so we don’t get hacked again?
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    Russia must be punished for this international chemical attack.
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    Won’t happen though. They’re all on Putin’s payroll.
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    The truth is #45 is steadfast in siding with Putin and Russia’s financial investments and business. Although, I would want my PA representatives to vote ‘Yay’ for this bill, #45 will not cease his covert involvement with Russia. Therefore , this bill should also enforce financial disclosure of any political official of the American government; starting with #45’s income tax reports. #45’s game of attempting to blame or shift focus from himself onto past administrations, including those within the Republican Party, has grown tiresome. As such, the president (current and future), should not receive any power from this bill. Never in the history of our country has a president or administration flagrantly dismissed the American people and our Constitution as we have experienced with #45.
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    Russia needs to be sanctioned for their poisoning/attempted murder of the Sktipals. Congress, however, needs to do the sanctioning with a veto-proof bill that doesn't give Trump any options. If left to his own devices he will do nothing to interfere with Putin's assault on the United States and his ongoing use of murder to pursue his agenda.
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    They killed ONE or their own agents. Waste of time and money. Mind your own business and stop wasting Congress time. BTW (build the wall )
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    SOMEONE NEEDS TO PUT PUTIN IN HIS PLACE YESTERDAY!!!! THIS POTUS ISN’T MAN ENUF TO DO IT!!
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    No. Our POTUS is a tool of the Russian state. Congress needs to take these actions without depending upon an undependable POTUS. Make it a one-time bill of limited duration so as not to upend our separations of power and authority, but this should be a congressional action.
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    They should....but Trump won't.
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    Yes, if only to reinforce to Americans that trump will not listen to Congress. I expect trump to do nothing, which reinforces the message that trump is compromised, does not serve our interests, and will do nothing against his oligarch friends. Pass the bill and continue to show the country the disparity between patriots with country in mind and trump with his own isolated interests.
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    I doubt that this president will do anything to hurt the Russian “president’s (euphemism for dictator’s) feelings. That doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t let our allies know we stand by them. Judging by the protests everywhere Trump goes, the world must know he doesn’t represent most Americans. I hope so.
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    How about we actually enforce the prior sanctions first?
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    Russia must be punished for the murder of their former agent and his daughter, as well as the death of a British citizen and the hospitalization of two others. However, since there is an abundance of evidence of “President” Trump colluding with Russia, I seriously doubt that Trump will impose any sanctions of his own accord. This bill must be made so that it gives Congress the power to impose sanctions, and it must be made as veto resistant as possible to avoid the president trying to shut it down. Top members of our own government are cooperating with Russia, and this is an act of treason. We have to be careful what powers we give Trump. If he is given this power he may not use it. But Russia must be punished. I support this bill, but I caution that some changes should be made in order for it to have any effect.
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    Authorize?? They should force implementation of the sanctions ALREADY passed
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    Sanction Russia. Evil murdering dictator thug Putin should be sanctioned for nerve agent Novichok And sanctions against RU for the attacks on USA elections must be increased!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    We cannot tolerate such a behavior anywhere in the world. No matter who does it!!!
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    I doubt the gop will do anything as they all appear to be in bed with putin!
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    Hell No.This is just another example of the Progressive Democrats to distract attention away from the coming Midterms . The Trump administration has already imposed sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs and 12 Russian companies for the Salisbury, England nerve agent attack and expelled 60 diplomats from the U.S. No other sanctions are needed, and preventing American investors from buying Russia’s debt won’t really hurt Russia's finances. 7*25*28 .......
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