The ‘Putin Accountability Act’ would bypass the Biden Administration’s soft-on-Russia approach and place tough sanctions on Putin, Russian officials and financial institutions, and also designate Russia as a ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’
U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) is co-sponsoring new legislation, the Putin Accountability Act, to place sanctions on Vladimir Putin and Russia for increasing Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. This legislation would impose the toughest sanctions on Russia ever proposed by Congress.
“President Biden’s foreign policy has put America in a position of weakness on the world stage and emboldened our adversaries,” said Rep. Davis. “Biden’s tough talk on the campaign trail was just that – talk. Now that he is in office, Biden drops sanctions against Russia and allows them to build their own massive international pipeline, enriching Putin and his allies, even as he shuts down pipelines here at home. And now, we may witness yet another botched evacuation of Americans overseas. That is unacceptable.”
“Russia is on the verge of invading Ukraine, and since President Biden won’t lead, Congress must step in before it’s too late,” Davis continued. “That’s why I’m joining my Republican colleagues in supporting the toughest sanctions on Russia ever proposed by Congress. Our adversaries will only respond to strength. For all the talk from Democrats in recent years about fake Russian collusion, this never would’ve happened under the Trump Administration. It’s time we stop Biden’s coddling of dictators like Putin and get tough on Russia before war breaks out.”
The Putin Accountability Act would impose sanctions on Putin, his family members, mistress and network of kleptocratic oligarchs. In addition, it would designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, place sanctions on Russian sovereign debt in the secondary market, immediately shut down the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, kick Russia out of the international SWIFT Code system, and impose sanctions on Russia’s financial sector.
Read the legislative text here. Read a summary of the legislation here.
Read more about this legislation via the Washington Post here.
Leading this effort are Reps. Jim Banks, who serves as Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman, Joe Wilson, who serves as RSC National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force Chairman, and Michael Waltz.
Additional co-sponsors of this legislation include Reps. Don Bacon, Randy Feenstra, Greg Steube, Jeff Duncan, Diana Harshbarger, John Curtis, Tracey Mann, Guy Reschenthaler, Scott Fitzgerald, Bob Gibbs, Richard Hudson, Lance Gooden, Jake LaTurner, Madison Cawthorn, Michael Burgess, Pat Fallon, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Randy Weber, Dan Meuser, David McKinley, August Pfluger, Adrian Smith, Cliff Bentz, Fred Keller, Blake Moore, Rick Crawford, Darrell Issa, Alex Mooney, Burgess Owens, Lisa McClain, Brian Babin, Kevin Hern, Dusty Johnson, and Brad Wenstrup.