Brown Statement on Trump Administration Election Interference Executive Order

Executive Order should not be used as an excuse to slow Congressional momentum on new Russia sanctions.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – released the following statement on President Trump signing an executive order authorizing sanctions against foreigners found to have interfered in U.S. elections.

"If this executive order signals a newfound willingness by the President to actually sanction Putin and other Russians responsible for attacks against our elections, that would be an important change,” said Brown. “Even so, an order which effectively authorizes, but does not automatically require, sanctions for continued illegal Russian attacks on our democracy is no substitute for broader mandatory sanctions required by law that target not only Russia’s interference in US elections, but its election meddling elsewhere, and its aggression in Syria and Ukraine."