Tenn. Senator Corker works across the aisle to impose new sanctions on Russia

Jun 13, 2017

Tenn. Sen. Bob Corker
Credit senate.gov

WASHINGTON, DC (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is preparing to announce bi-partisan legislation that will slap new sanctions on Russia.

A procedural vote on the Russia sanctions is planned for Wednesday, and the measure is expected to get strong bipartisan support. The legislation was worked out by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, of the Banking Committee, and Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., of the Foreign Relations panel.

The Associated Press says the plan calls for strengthening current sanctions and imposing new ones on corrupt Russian actors, those involved in human rights abuses and those supplying weapons to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Work on the legislation began earlier this year amid concerns that President Trump might seek to lift sanctions on Russia.