A Republican and Democrat in the House are calling on President Obama to sanction more Russian officials for human rights abuses.
House and Senate leaders of the Foreign Relations Committees introduced legislation Thursday that would place sanctions against Venezuelans violently suppressing democratic protesters in the country.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced S. 2142, the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as a lead co-sponsor.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he is “embarrassed” by members of his own party.
The Senate confirmed the next U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Wednesday night that Russia has decided to move quickly to secure the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine because Russia sees Obama as a weak president.
The Senate passed a resolution Tuesday condemning “illegal Russian aggression” in Ukraine.
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced the resolution Tuesday and the Senate agreed to the measure through a unanimous consent agreement on the same day.
The House on Tuesday is expected to formally condemn Russia for its military action in the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, less than a week after passing a bill giving financial aid to Ukraine.
The Senate voted 58-42 Thursday to confirm Rose Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security — a role she has been working in for nearly two years.
Some Republicans opposed her nomination because they said she hadn’t done enough to ensure Russia is following its nuclear disarmament agreement with the United States. They said her confirmation would make the U.S. “less safe.”
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on Wednesday said Russian President Vladimir Putin is similar to Adolf Hitler, as both seem to have the same interest in taking over sovereign countries.
The House on Thursday will vote on a bill that allows the U.S. to provide for loan guarantees to Ukraine, an effort to help aid the country that is being subject to a military intervention by Russia.