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senate Bill S. 94

Counteracting Russian Hostilities Act of 2017

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Title

Counteracting Russian Hostilities Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to impose sanctions in response to cyber intrusions by the Government of the Russian Federation and other aggressive activities of the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.

Summary

Counteracting Russian Hostilities Act of 2017 This bill directs the President to impose U.S. entry and property blocking sanctions against: (1) a person that engages in significant activities for the government of the Russian Federation that undermine U.S. or allied cyber security, or (2) a foreign person responsible for serious human rights abuses in any territory occupied or controlled by Russia. The President shall impose specified financial and property sanctions against a person that: (1) engages in a significant transaction on behalf of Russian defense or intelligence sectors; (2) invests specified amounts in Russian petroleum or natural gas resources, energy export pipelines, or civil nuclear projects; (3) purchases or facilitates the issuance of Russian sovereign debt; or (4) contributes to Russia's ability to privatize state-owned assets. The Department of Homeland Security shall conduct public service campaigns to educate the people of the United States on cyber security threats and protective online practices. No federal agency shall take any action that recognizes: (1) Russian sovereignty over Crimea, or (2) the independence of South Ossetia or Abkhazia from Georgia. It is U.S. policy to assist Ukraine in restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Specified executive orders imposing Ukraine-related sanctions shall remain in effect. The bill expresses the sense of Congress that the countries of Europe and Eurasia should redouble efforts to build resilience within their political systems and civil society to counter Russian efforts to undermine democratic institutions. The Department of State shall report to Congress regarding Russian-controlled media outlets. The bill establishes in the Treasury the Europe and Eurasia Democracy and Anti-Corruption Fund. The Department of the Treasury shall establish a task force within the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network that focuses on illicit Russian-linked financial flows that interact with the U.S. financial system.

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2017
    The U.S. should not hesitate to demonstrate it's unwavering support of our allies and the transatlantic partnership as they face a clear and growing threat from the Russian Federation. Failing to reassure our allies leaves an opening for further Russian aggression and the very real possibility of the next European war.
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    I can't believe there isn't more activity around this. Russia interfered with a democratic country's election process. How is there not more outrage? Seems like common sense to me - of course there should be sanctions.
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    Yes, we should penalize anyone in Russia who can be identified as having participated in any sort of espionage or interference with our elections. Seizing assets and imposing penalties makes it so those who would interfere with our elections can not also invest their money here and earn a profit from it.
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    I believe the intelligence although the CIA has been wrong before (Iraq). Russia can't get away with breaking international law. We need more stringent sanctions on the Russian government and Russian oligarchs. Pursuing the oligarchs is much more effective I believe.
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    Yes! As a constituent, I much appreciate all support of sanctions against Russia. Clearly, this country is interfering with the sovereignty of neighboring countries and has acted inappropriately with regard to our national elections.
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    Of course there should be real consequences! How could anyone say not?! This is so apparent that I'm surprised there isn't a law already on the books!
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