Lawmakers #proud to be Russia-sanctioned

Lawmakers thumbed their noses at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s sanctions that would prevent them from visiting the country. 

“I'm proud to be sanctioned by Putin - I'll never cease my efforts & dedication to freedom & independence of #Ukraine, which includes #Crimea,” tweeted Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (R-Ariz.). 

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On Thursday, Putin imposed entry bans on nine lawmakers and officials in response to the U.S.’s sanctions on Russian and Crimean officials. 

“There should be no doubt, we will respond in kind to any hostile action,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, according to the Associated Press. “We have warned repeatedly that the use of sanctions is a double-edged sword that will boomerang against the United States.”

“If standing up for #democracy & sovereignty in #Ukraine means I'm #SanctionedByPutin, I'll take it,” tweeted Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezCongress must provide flexible funding for owners of repeatedly flooded properties Senate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case MORE (D-N.J.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. 

“Proud to be included on a list of those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression,” House Speaker Rep. John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) tweeted. 

The list also includes Ben Rhodes, a deputy U.S. national security adviser, White House advisers Caroline Atkinson and Dan Pfeiffer, and Majority Leader Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.) Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuProject Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' MORE, (D-La.) and Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump urges House to reauthorize NSA surveillance after ripping it in a tweet Overnight Cybersecurity: Computer chip flaws present new security challenge | DOJ to offer House key documents in Russia probe | Vulnerability found in Google Apps Script Counterterrorism director: Current atmosphere makes job 'more difficult' MORE (R-Ind.). 

Reid retweeted Menendez’s Tweet, while Rhodes, Pfeiffer, Landrieu and Coats have not yet tweeted on the matter at the time of this article’s publish.