By Erik Wasson - 12/05/12 09:24 PM EST
"I hope we will make this statutorily global. We will have that debate at a later date," Cardin said.
Russia joined the World Trade Organization this summer, and until the U.S. grants normal relations to Russia, U.S. exporters cannot benefit from concessions Russia made in order to enter the WTO. Under Jackson-Vanik amendment from the 1980s, PNTR is denied to Russia over the Soviet Union's denial of exit visas to Jews wanting to emigrate to Israel.
The main objection to the bill was on the human rights issue. Even trade skeptics like Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are on board given concessions the Obama administration has been able to wring from Russia in the WTO process.