WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – said today that President’s Trump’s reluctant signing of legislation to impose tough, new sanctions on Russia, North Korea, and Iran is good news for the country.

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 late last month. 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 bill, which responds to Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election and invasion of Ukraine, passed in the House and Senate nearly unanimously.

“President Trump’s grudging signature on the sanctions bill is welcome. His conduct has caused Congress, on a nearly unanimous basis, to not trust the President when it comes to Russia. The basis for this distrust continues to grow.  Secretary Tillerson is reportedly resisting pleas to spend nearly $80 million allocated by Congress for fighting terrorist propaganda and Russian disinformation, further proving why these sanctions are critical,” Brown said.  “At the same time, we are showing Iran and North Korea that there will be consequences for their reactions – including North Korea’s nuclear missile testing and relentless human rights abuses that took the life of Otto Warmbier.”