Top Foreign Relations senators introduce Turkey sanctions bill

Top Foreign Relations senators introduce Turkey sanctions bill
The top two senators on the Foreign Relations Committee introduced legislation on Thursday that would slap sanctions on Turkey following its military invasion into northern Syria.

The bill, from Sens. Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischSenators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action Bipartisan senators urge national security adviser to appoint 5G coordinator McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters MORE (R-Idaho) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate passes legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters Graham blocks resolution recognizing Armenian genocide after Erdoğan meeting Trump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden MORE (D-N.J.), would restrict arms sales to Turkey and sanction Turkish officials and those involved in providing weapons to Turkey's military in Syria.

It would also require a report on Turkey's participation in NATO.

“This bipartisan legislation is meant to confront the instability being sown in the Middle East,” Risch said in a statement.

Menendez added that the legislation "will address Turkey’s brutal incursion into Northeastern Syria, but also require the Trump administration chart a path forward for our nation’s efforts to counter ISIS and address our most pressing national security needs in the Middle East."

The Risch-Menendez bill would also require a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including the resurgence and reformation of the group.

The legislation also authorizes humanitarian assistance for Syrian civilians and sanctions Russian support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The legislation comes as lawmakers are weighing myriad potential legislative options to respond to Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops back from northern Syria and Turkey’s military invasion.

In addition to the Risch-Menendez bill, Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Report on alleged surveillance abuse in 2016 to be released Dec. 9 McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (R-S.C.) and Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenHillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Democrats raise privacy concerns over Amazon home security system Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (D-Md.) introduced legislation on Thursday to slap new penalties on Turkey.

The House also passed a resolution on Wednesday formally breaking with Trump’s strategy. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (D-N.Y.) tried to get consent to bring the resolution up for a vote but was blocked by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate scraps plan to force second stopgap vote ahead of shutdown On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters MORE (R-Ky.).