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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 2

Should Congress Reverse Sanctions Relief for Companies Related to a Russian Oligarch?

Argument in favor

This bill would wisely reverse the Trump administration’s flawed decision to offer sanctions relief to three companies connected to a Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska, who is linked to Paul Manafort and is under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Chickie's Opinion
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01/15/2019
Since taking office, #45 has made it known that he sides and will act in favor of Putin/Russia versus the US. Clearly, bipartisan legislature is a must when looking out for our interests. We need to reinstate the sanctions on Russia’s oligarchy. Are our Republican representatives so committed to voting along party lines no matter the compromising or weakening situation for our country? A clear message must be sent to #45: We are the United States of America NOT the United States of Russia!
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Steve's Opinion
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01/15/2019
Keep the pressure on until trump has no where left to hide.
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John's Opinion
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01/15/2019
Our president is compromised. Please do your duty, as specified in the Constitution. Check the Power of the President. Protect our Country from the Saboteur-In-Chief.
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Argument opposed

The Treasury Department’s decision to lift sanctions on the three companies connected to Oleg Deripaska didn’t change the fact that he is personally sanctioned and will continue to be. This bill is an attempt to show non-existent impropriety.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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01/15/2019
👿..HELL NO COMRADE COUNTABLE COMMENTATORS..👿 OMG.......😯 SHOULD WE JUST IGNORE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTYS SWINGING TOWARDS THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST LEFTIST LEANINGS THAT WE ARE SEEING HERE AND ACROSS THE USA. P.S Hell no to Comrade Schumer’s proposal. The Treasury Department’s decision to lift sanctions on the three companies connected to Oleg Deripaska didn’t change the fact that he is personally sanctioned and will continue to be. This bill is an attempt to show non-existent impropriety. SneakyPete.......... 👿 HELL NO 👿. 1*15*19.........
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Riley's Opinion
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01/15/2019
No we need to get along with the Russians. We don't own the world. I don't want a bigger war than the one already going on in the Middle East.
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Ray's Opinion
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01/15/2019
Absolutely not. These companies under the direction of Russian government influenced our 2016 election. Why would we remove sanctions?
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 4th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 2?

This bill would disapprove of the Treasury Dept.’s December 19, 2018, decision to relax sanctions on three Russian companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska: EN+ Plc, JSC EuroSibEnergo, and United Co. Rusal Plc. Deripaska is allegedly under investigtion by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and the Treasury Dept.’s decision wouldn’t affect the existing sanctions against Deripaska as an individual..

Under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, Congress is able to consider a privileged resolution disapproving of sanctions relief announced by the administration. Given when the Treasury Dept. announced the sanctions relief, Congress has until January 17, 2019, to pass the resolution.

As a joint resolution, this bill would need to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law by the president. It could also become law after a presidential veto if both chambers of Congress approve the resolution by a two-thirds margin.

Impact

EN+ Plc, JSC EuroSibEnergo, and United Co. Rusal Plc; and the Treasury Department.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 2

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced this bill to reverse the Treasury Dept.’s decision to offer sanctions relief to three Russian companies connected to oligarch Oleg Deripaska:

“After consultation with relevant committee ranking members and my colleagues, I have concluded that the Treasury Department’s proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska’s control and influence of these companies, and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump administration and keep these sanctions in place. Furthermore, given Mr. Deripaska’s potential involvement with Paul Manafort and the fact that the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation has not yet concluded its work, it’s all the more reason these sanctions must remain in place. I urge all of Senate colleagues to vote to reverse the Administration’s wrongheaded decision to relax these much-needed sanctions.”

Senate Republican leaders haven’t taken a position this bill, and GOP lawmakers will be briefed by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on January 15th — the day the Senate is set to vote on the bill. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), who chairs the foreign relations committee, said he expects to vote against the Democrats’ bill and told Bloomberg:

“The Treasury Department has gone through this with a fine-tooth comb and determined that these companies — it’s not Deripaska, it’s the companies — that the companies fall out of the sanctions.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / bpperry)

AKA

A joint resolution disapproving the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.

Official Title

A joint resolution disapproving the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.

    Since taking office, #45 has made it known that he sides and will act in favor of Putin/Russia versus the US. Clearly, bipartisan legislature is a must when looking out for our interests. We need to reinstate the sanctions on Russia’s oligarchy. Are our Republican representatives so committed to voting along party lines no matter the compromising or weakening situation for our country? A clear message must be sent to #45: We are the United States of America NOT the United States of Russia!
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    👿..HELL NO COMRADE COUNTABLE COMMENTATORS..👿 OMG.......😯 SHOULD WE JUST IGNORE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTYS SWINGING TOWARDS THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST LEFTIST LEANINGS THAT WE ARE SEEING HERE AND ACROSS THE USA. P.S Hell no to Comrade Schumer’s proposal. The Treasury Department’s decision to lift sanctions on the three companies connected to Oleg Deripaska didn’t change the fact that he is personally sanctioned and will continue to be. This bill is an attempt to show non-existent impropriety. SneakyPete.......... 👿 HELL NO 👿. 1*15*19.........
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    Keep the pressure on until trump has no where left to hide.
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    Our president is compromised. Please do your duty, as specified in the Constitution. Check the Power of the President. Protect our Country from the Saboteur-In-Chief.
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    Deripaska likely benefits from the 3 companies, thus lifting sanctions on the companies would be a boon for Deripaska. Deripaska AND his business interests should be sanctioned.
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    The December decision was a gift from the outgoing Republican Congress to their paymaster oligarchs, who sought, successfully, to undermine our government. There is no benefit to the American people from this gift, So it must be reversed.
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    Oligarchies harm Russian citizens and aid the harmful post communist government. By denouncing that sanction break, this holds the Russian government accountable and holds those connected to Russian meddling in the 2016 election accountable and to the same standard we hold the American people. This would promote worldwide freedom without force and promotes our position of power.
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    This bill would wisely reverse the Trump administration’s flawed decision to offer sanctions relief to three companies connected to a Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska, who is linked to Paul Manafort and is under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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    Thos is an obvious reach around or a a payback for an oligarch and not in the best interestd of the USSA.
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    Why is this even a vote? Baby hands needs to end his tantrum.
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    Fuck the Russians
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    I know our MN Senators will vote to reimpose these sanctions. Please talk to all the Republican senators and do what you can to convince them to vote for these sanctions to be upheld!
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    No we need to get along with the Russians. We don't own the world. I don't want a bigger war than the one already going on in the Middle East.
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    There is NO valid reason to lift sanctions on any Russian oligarch!!
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    Annul all Trump edicts. Eject all Trump appointees. Jail the lunatic.
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    There is no reason why the Treasury department should remove the sanctions on these companies when they’re affiliated with a Russian oligarch with ties to Paul Manafort! This sounds like criminals in this administration helping other criminals!
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    Until Russia stops meddling and Trump is out of office, relieving these is dangerous pandering.
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    America comes first.
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    It should be obvious by now that the president cares more about being in the good graces of dictators and their enablers. He is the biggest enabler of them all. Congress should take its job seriously as a separate arm of government and do what is needed to sanction bad actors.
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    I support this bill. I would recommend Congress take this a step further and remove the necessity for have such bills signed by the President. This would protect America from the influence of foreign counties who buy favor with the President.
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