What is House Bill H.R. 56?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 56
In this legislation, Congress points out that the Donbass People’s Militia are a pro-Russian separatist group that are in armed combat against the Ukrainian government and its military. It also mentions the group’s linkage to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, among other accusations of human rights abuses.
In August 2014 nearly identical legislation was introduced in the House, but it failed to advance out of committee and did not receive a vote before the end of the 113th Congress.
The European Union is considering designating the pro-Russian separatists as terrorists, which would make it easier to freeze the assets supporting them.
18 U.S. Senators sent a letter to President Obama in July 2014 requesting that the pro-Russian separatist militias be designated as terrorist organizations. In March of the following year, the Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on eight Ukrainian separatists and one pro-separatist Russian organization for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine — but stopped short of designating them as terrorists or a terrorist group.
Donbass People's Militia Terrorist Designation Act of 2015
To impose sanctions against persons who knowingly provide material support or resources to the Donbass People's Militia or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Financial ServicesCommittee on Foreign AffairsImmigration and CitizenshipCommittee on the JudiciaryIntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015
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