Menendez on Passage of Russia Sanctions Amendment

Menendez on Passage of Russia Sanctions Amendment

Key provisions of Senator’s earlier legislation to hold Kremlin accountable included in today’s bipartisan amendment


U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to adopt an amendment to pending legislation on the Senate floor imposing additional sanctions on Russia for undermining American democratic institutions and human rights violations, and also codifying existing sanctions requiring Congressional review of any decision to weaken or lift them in the future. Receiving an overwhelming vote of approval, the bipartisan amendment included several key provisions from Sen. Menendez’s STAND for Ukraine Act and the Countering Russian Hostilities Act.

“I am very glad to see such overwhelming support of this important amendment which appropriately responds to Russia’s attack on our democracy, ongoing violations of sovereignty in Ukraine, and continued efforts to upend the international order.

“As an original cosponsor of S. 94, the Countering Russian Hostilities Act, and as the original sponsor of the STAND for Ukraine Act in the Senate, I am particularly pleased to have many of the provisions for which I advocated included in this amendment. This sanctions package includes a statement of robust support for Ukraine as well as imposing sanctions on individual who violate human rights in Russian-occupied or controlled territories. Additionally, among numerous important provisions, this bill codifies existing sanctions through Executive Order, imposes mandatory sanctions against individuals and entities who directly engaged in cyberattacks aimed at undermining American democratic institutions, sanctions individuals who do business with the Russian military or intelligence services, and also establishes additional Congressional oversight in the event the President seeks to remove sanctions or ease restrictions on bad actors.

“While I believe we should have passed this legislation much earlier, I am pleased to have joined the effort in leading my colleagues to this bipartisan, sensible response to Russia’s continuing aggression. I hope the House of Representatives quickly passes this measure so we can send it to the President for his signature.”