This is easy. The question is " should congress decide" not "is Russia sponsoring terrorists". Of course congress should consider whether Russia is a state sponsor of terror. Publicly asking the question regardless of the answer will put pressure on a regime to stop a variety of horrifying and dangerous activities like poisoning dissidents, killing journalists, and hacking us private and governmental groups. Side note : can we do away with terror and terrorism as terms. Is an NEA grant for a horror film a state sponsor of terror? You can't conduct a military campaign against an emotion. Words matter.