Cicilline Statement on Russia Sanctions Law

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after President Trump signed legislation that increases sanctions on Russia and limits his ability to roll back sanctions on Russia:

“Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election demanded a strong response in the form of new sanctions, and the Trump campaign’s well-documented ties to Vladimir Putin’s regime obligated us to tie the President’s hands on this matter. The bill that was signed into law today does both.”

“Like many, I am concerned about whether the Trump administration will faithfully execute this new law. Republicans in Congress have so far given Donald Trump a blank check to do whatever he wants. Democrats will continue to demand strong oversight of this administration until Republicans start doing their jobs.”

“Russia’s actions last year amounted to an assault on our most sacred democratic institutions. It’s critical that the President holds them accountable. Not doing so would generate yet another scandal that distracts from the challenges facing American families.”

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