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 RischSchiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line Senators ask FDA to crack down on non-dairy milks, cheeses MSNBC's Chris Hayes knocks senators for ducking out of impeachment trial: 'You can resign' MORE (R-Idaho) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Dem senators say Iran threat to embassies not mentioned in intelligence briefing Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers 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.

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“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 says he wants to see Bolton manuscript Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  Juan Williams: Democrats can't let Trump off the hook MORE (R-S.C.) and Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSteyer would have owed M more in taxes under lawmakers' proposal: liberal group Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Fox's Napolitano: There is 'ample and uncontradicted' evidence supporting Trump's removal from office 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 SchumerMeadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions Bolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president 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 PaulLindsey Graham will oppose subpoena of Hunter Biden Marsha Blackburn shares what book she's reading during Trump Senate trial Sekulow indicates Trump should not attend impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.).