House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia
March 5th, 2014
12:17 PM ET
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House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia

Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 3/5/2014

(CNN) - The House Foreign Affairs Committee proposed a bipartisan resolution on Wednesday condemning Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine and urging economic and other sanctions in response.

The non-binding proposal said Russia's action poses a threat to international peace and security.

It calls on Russia to remove "all of its military forces" from Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, other than those operating in accordance with a treaty on operations of the Black Sea Fleet.

The resolution also calls on President Barack Obama to not attend the upcoming G8 summit of industrialized nations in Sochi, and to "consider expelling" Russia from the group "given its international aggression."

It urges the administration to work with "our European allies and other countries" to "impose visa, financial, trade, and other sanctions on senior Russian officials, majority state-owned banks and commercial organizations, and other state agencies, as appropriate."

The measure would not carry the force of law, but would instead express House sentiment on the matter, according to committee chairman Ed Royce, who added that he expects bipartisan support when the panel puts it up for a vote as early as Thursday.

Royce said he and the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, drafted the proposal.

Some top business figures with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin "have a tremendous amount of money" in western banks and "they laundered that money to get it there, so it's very susceptible to asset freezes," Royce said.

Royce said the resolution was "a first step," but he stressed that it would serve as direction to the Obama administration and the Kremlin "in terms of where the U.S. Congress stands" on the matter.

Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have already warned Putin of possible international sanctions and other steps to isolate Russia diplomatically and economically if he escalates the Ukraine crisis.

The goal of such an approach would be to hit Putin where it hurts by weakening the ruble and Russia's economy while avoiding the possibility of igniting an already volatile crisis to a new level of confrontation and possible violence.

Congress will have a say in the focus and size of the U.S. response.

Multiple congressional committees are discussing how to move forward with sanctions against Moscow as well as other legislation aimed at helping Kiev.

A separate loan guarantee package is moving through the House Appropriations Committee, and a senior House Republican leadership aide told CNN a vote on that measure could come as early as Thursday as well.

The Foreign Affairs Committee resolution says the United States should participate with European allies and other countries in a joint effort to "provide Ukraine with financial, economic and technical assistance."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said earlier this week that the United States should only consider sanctions in coordination with Europe.

Some European allies, particularly Germany and France, are balking at sanctions before giving diplomacy a chance.

The Obama administration has already extended $1 billion in loan guarantees to help insulate the Ukrainian economy from the effects of reduced energy subsidies from Russia.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    What Russia sanctions resolutions, first involve EU. Then after EU imposes sanctions, let USA impose. It is EU that is Russia Trading partner–not USA. Don't be crazy. Let time pass.

    March 5, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Chris-E...al

    They will run this Puttin stuff in the ground now 2 keep from fixing 0ur nation for another 10years! We need our gov to work at home .

    March 5, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "The measure would not carry the force of law, but would instead express House sentiment on Russia's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region and Royce expects support to be bipartisan."

    The measure would not carry the force of law, but would instead express House GOP/Teatroll sentiment that they need to use their House majority to do whatever they can to showboat in a manner designed to provide them with talking points with which to criticize Obama.

    FIFY

    March 5, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    But I thought George W. looked into Putin's soul via his eyes & assured us that all was well ?

    March 5, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Chris – Agreed. Call the orange man and tell him to bring the bipartisan jobs bill to a vote in the house.

    March 5, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. rs

    I am sure the opinion of the treasonous TEA Party members of Congress, who work to tear down our own government will simply terrify Mr. Putin. Not. Face it, there isn't much that can be done. We can express concern, we can express anger- after that not a whole lot more.

    March 5, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. wendel

    remember this is between the EU and Russia Stop making it about the president. Sanction away.

    March 5, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. GODZILLA1

    Actually sanctions against Russia should be a standard of our foreign policy, just like our embargo of Cuba. ((Too bad it isn't a blockade so nothing could get in or out)).

    March 5, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Some European allies, particularly Germany and France, are balking at sanctions before giving diplomacy a chance.
    -------------------------------------------
    Germany and France are EU members. Let them impose sanctions before we jump the gun.

    March 5, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Pete K

    Does anyone remember the Cuban Missile Crisis...maybe 10,000 Cuban militias could amass in Cuba to protect Americans from a possible Russian incursion and ships surrounding their shores are just their protective force. We could deny the arrival of weapons to the Syrian opposition as being American. Poland's new missiles are a technological miracle and beamed down from space. There is no reason we cant take Putin on with his own game plan.

    March 5, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. tom l

    Sniffit,
    It was bipartisan so your typical response make no sense.

    March 5, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    What's the sense? Let Obama do nothing all by himself.

    March 5, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. rs

    Fair is Fair

    What's the sense? Let Obama do nothing all by himself.
    ______________________
    No, no, the Senate GOP will certainly filibuster anything that might accomplish something therefore adding "nothingness".

    March 5, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Bill from GA

    Fair is Fair – " Let Obama do nothing all by himself. "

    I'm glad we have a level-headed President for a change.

    He hasn't let most of us in on the total picture, as apparently he has you, but I don't think that we will be sending troops half way around the world on a whim, wasting thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.

    BTW, since you apparently think we need more Bush-like action, are you ready to raise taxes to pay for it? Or maybe to pay for W's idiotic, UNFUNDED war?

    March 5, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. salty dog

    Right fair, we should just go there unasked like George did? Isn't that the same as what Putin just did? Not our problem, period .

    March 5, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. salty dog

    Your party blocks literally every attempt he makes to do something, then you complain he does nothing, more filibusters under Obama, than the rest of our governments history, nah, their not obstructing. The only difference is we have a black president, unless you can help me find another reason, I'm all ears.

    March 5, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. salty dog

    Tom, will you be watching the program about the Iraq war tomorrow? You say you watch both biased media channels, fox and MSNBC, you'll likely gain perspective, from our side, i don't expect you to take it as Gospel, but its worth watching. I hope you do, I will.

    March 5, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. truthandjustice

    I wonder if Obama ll be there. In the midst of this crisis, he is out giving stump speeches.

    March 5, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |