GOP rep calls for Obama to fight Russian adoption ban
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A Republican lawmaker is calling on the Obama administration to fight to end Russia’s ban on American adoption.

"We're continuing to put pressure on the State Department to work through this issue," Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHeads up, GOP: Elections have consequences Gaetz goes to bat with Trump on Jordan House Republicans set to elect similar team of leaders despite midterm thumping MORE (R-Ga.) told the Washington Examiner on Saturday.


"We believe it can be worked through, and we believe we can continue to put pressure on our State Department, and hopefully on Russia, to say, 'Let's find an agreeable solution to this.' "

Russia implemented the ban in 2013 in retaliation for Congress passing a law to ban mob-linked Russian officials from entering the U.S.

Collins sent a letter to the State Department in April requesting updates on any progress that has been made fighting the ban. There was little evidence that any such progress has been accomplished, according to the Examiner.

"Children are separated from homes that would love them and care for them and nurse them and give them a life that they may not have," Collins added.

"What we've done in trying to get that lifted is something that we're going to continue to fight for, because at the end of the day, it's about the children and having loving homes and folks who want to nurture and care and be a part of their lives."