Shaheen on Sanctions Legislation Headed to President’s Desk: President Trump must sign this into law immediately and begin vigilantly implementing these new sanctions

July 27, 2017

**SHAHEEN: Republican leadership in Congress should publicly commit to overriding a veto in order to deter President Trump from vetoing this legislation** 

**In May, Shaheen played an instrumental role in urging Senate leadership to act on Russia sanctions and was a key negotiator on this legislation** 

(Washington, DC)—U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement after the Senate approved legislation to sanction Russia, finally sending this legislation to the President’s desk. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved this Russia, Iran, and North Korea sanctions package in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 419-3. Shaheen was instrumental in urging Senate leadership to act on Russian sanctions legislation and was a key negotiator on the initial version of this legislation that passed the Senate in June. She has been an outspoken critic of President Putin’s authoritarian regime and was the first in Congress to call for hearings on Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

“I’m very relieved this bipartisan legislation is finally headed to the President’s desk,” said Shaheen. “President Trump must sign this into law immediately and begin vigilantly implementing these new sanctions. Republican leadership in Congress should publicly commit to overriding a veto to deter President Trump from vetoing this legislation. The Russian government has, so far, experienced no significant repercussions for interfering in our elections – interference that began more than a year ago. The Kremlin is looking for every opportunity to weaken the United States and it must be abundantly clear that there will be consequences for their actions. This bipartisan legislation is the response that the Kremlin and its cronies in Iran and North Korea deserve.”