WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called on Senate leadership to bring a bipartisan sanctions bill he helped negotiate to the Senate floor after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill to hold Russia, Iran and North Korea accountable.
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.
“This tough, comprehensive sanctions bill holds North Korea and Iran accountable for their actions and sends a clear message to Moscow that the United States will not tolerate Russian attacks on democracy - from interference in our elections to aggression in Ukraine,” Brown said. “North Korea must face consequences for its nuclear weapons and missile testing program and its human rights abuses, including the despicable actions that took the life of Otto Warmbier and its continued imprisonment of American citizens. I expect swift passage of this bipartisan legislation in the Senate, and I urge President Trump to sign it. ”