Why U.S. Congress Votes To Suspend Russia Trade Status
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Congress voted overwhelmingly Thursday to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and ban the importation of its oil, ratcheting up the U.S. response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amid reports of atrocities. (April 7), in the video published on April 7, 2022, “Congress votes to suspend Russia trade status“, below:
H.R. 6968 – Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act mentioned in the video above, passed the House on 3/9/2022, is being voted on 4/7/2022, in bold italics, below:
This bill prohibits the importation of energy products from Russia. It also permanently authorizes the President to impose visa- and property-blocking sanctions based on violations of human rights, and it revises the President’s authority to impose these sanctions.
The bill generally prohibits the importation of Russian products that are classified under chapter 27 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (which includes mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation, bituminous substances, and mineral waxes), with an exception for prior contracts or agreements.
The President may waive this prohibition for national interest reasons, subject to congressional approval.
The bill directs the U.S. Trade Representative to take certain actions, including to consider steps to suspend Russia’s participation in the World Trade Organization.
Additionally, the bill statutorily authorizes broader coverage of current visa- and property-blocking sanctions for human rights violations to cover persons involved in serious human rights abuses. (Current law imposes these sanctions on persons responsible for gross violations of human rights, a higher standard.)
The bill authorizes the President to impose sanctions on any foreign person who (1) is responsible for serious human rights abuse, (2) is a current or former government official who is responsible for or complicit in corruption, (3) is or has been a leader or official of an entity that has engaged in any of these activities, (4) has provided support for any of these activities, or (5) is owned or controlled by a person subject to these sanctions.
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo joins Morning Joe to discuss the latest efforts by the U.S. to ratchet up economic pressure on Russia, in the video published on April 7, 2022, “U.S. Ratchets Up Economic Pressure On Russia“, below:
Former President Barack Obama spoke at length about the war in Ukraine, telling an audience in Chicago that the conflict is a “bracing reminder for democracies that had gotten flabby and confused and feckless around the stakes of things that we tended to take for granted,” including the United States. Obama also addressed his recollections of Vladimir Putin and how he isn’t sure “that the person I knew is the same as the person who is now leading this charge.” in the video published on April 7, 2022, “Obama says Putin has changed since he was in office“, below:
CNN’s Brian Todd speaks to Russian analysts after Western countries placed sanctions on Putin’s daughters Mariya Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, in the video published on April 7, 2022, “Analyst says Putin has a dark reason for keeping his daughters a secret“, below:
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