WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called on President Donald Trump to quickly sign a package of sanctions Brown helped broker to hold Russia, Iran and North Korea accountable. The U.S. Senate approved the sanctions with a nearly unanimous vote today, and the House of Representatives passed the package Tuesday. Now, President Trump must sign the bill so it can become law.
Brown – ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee – helped broker the bipartisan deal between the Senate and House of Representatives over the weekend. The leaders of the Senate and its Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Foreign Relations Committees worked with the leadership of the House and its Foreign Affairs Committee to reach a deal announced Saturday morning. Brown helped lead the negotiations as part of his role as ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over economic and financial sanctions.
“The nearly unanimous passage of this tough, comprehensive sanctions bill shows North Korea, Iran and Russia we stand ready to hold them accountable, and I urge President Trump to sign it as soon as possible,” said Brown. “Today we sent a clear message to Moscow that we will not tolerate its attacks on democracy – from interference in our elections to aggression in Ukraine. At the same time, we are pushing back on North Korea for its nuclear missile testing and its relentless human rights abuses, including those that took the life of Otto Warmbier.”