Cheney slated to introduce bill to place sanctions on Turkey

Cheney slated to introduce bill to place sanctions on Turkey
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House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE (R-Wyo.) plans to introduce legislation in the coming days to implement sanctions on Turkey over its incursion into northern Syria after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE withdrew U.S. forces from the area.

Cheney, who has been one of the most vocal opponents of Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria ahead of the Turkish military operation, has already garnered more than two dozen GOP members to co-sponsor the bill. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea GOP leader says he had 'a hard time' believing Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi says House will move forward with impeachment MORE (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar Nunes accuses Democrats of promoting 'conspiracy theories' Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial MORE (R-La.) and House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pentagon watchdog says Syria withdrawal hurt ISIS fight | Vindman testifies on third day of public hearings | Lawmakers to wrap up defense bill talks this week Lawmakers expect to finish defense policy bill negotiations this week Impeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill MORE (R-Texas) are among the Republicans who have so far backed the legislation.

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Cheney’s efforts follow similar efforts taken in the Senate by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment MORE (R-S.C.) and Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment Graham, Van Hollen warn Pompeo that 'patience' on Turkey sanctions 'has long expired' Overnight Energy: Protesters plan Black Friday climate strike | 'Father of EPA' dies | Democrats push EPA to abandon methane rollback MORE (D-Md.), who are also seeking to impose financial repercussions on Turkey after it launched a military offensive against U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces.

“President Erdogan and his regime must face serious consequences for mercilessly attacking our Kurdish allies in northern Syria, who incurred thousands of casualties in the fight against ISIS and helped us protect the homeland,” Cheney said in a statement Thursday.

“These sanctions are not only a response to the Erdogan regime’s violent attacks in northern Syria. Congress has long had concerns about the regime’s cooperation with U.S. adversaries, such as Russia. If Turkey wants to be treated like an ally, it must begin behaving like one. They must be sanctioned for their attacks on our Kurdish allies," she added.

Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikLawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits CNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings MORE (D-N.Y.), who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, voiced her support for the measure, arguing that failing to implement sanctions would further instability in the region and put U.S. national security at risk.

“I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation. After recently returning from a Congressional Delegation visit to Turkey, Afghanistan, and the Syria-Jordan border—which included meetings with foreign government leaders and our own U.S. security and intelligence leadership, it is clear that terrorist groups still pose a serious threat to this region’s instability and our own national security,” she said in a statement. 

“Any actions to increase the instability of Syria must be met with adequate consequence.”

The White House’s announcement this week that Americans troops were to be relocated from the region was met with sharp pushback from members on both sides of the aisle.

Critics of the policy shift blasted the move, arguing it opened an opportunity for terrorist groups like ISIS to gain momentum.

The president repeatedly vowed to “hit Turkey very hard financially and with sanctions if they don’t play by the rules,” but has not specified what actions would be taken.

Since the start of Turkey’s invasion in northern Syria, dozens of fatalities have been reported with 64,000 people having fled Syria ahead of the attack, Reuters reported.