Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief MORE (D-Nev.) said Thursday that the Senate would continue to pass legislation aimed at punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin if he keeps acting like a “schoolyard bully.”
“Today is an important day for Ukraine,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “This bill is a reality check to [Putin] that the United States will not stand idly by while he plays the role of a schoolyard bully.”
Obama has called for aid to Ukraine since Russian forces centered the Crimean Peninsula weeks ago. Russia annexed Crimea last week, making it a part of Russia.
“I say to President Putin, operating by intimidation and belligerence won’t work,” Reid said. “Consequences for his continued bullying will not end, certainly not with this bill. … What we’re doing here today is just the beginning.”