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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 CheneyHouse Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 McCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Steve King defends past comments on white supremacy, blasts NYT and GOP leaders in fiery floor speech 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 TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll 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 McCarthyThe truth, the whole truth about protecting preexisting conditions McCarthy urges networks not to call presidential race until 'every polling center has closed' House Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 MORE (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOvernight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 Democrats call Trump's COVID-19 response 'among the worst failures of leadership in American history' House Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 MORE (R-La.) and House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryGovernors urge negotiators to include top priorities in final defense policy bill Overnight Defense: Armed Services chairman unsold on slashing defense budget | Democratic Senate report details 'damage, chaos' of Trump foreign policy | Administration approves .8B Taiwan arms sales Chamber of Commerce endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress 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 faces fundraising reckoning as Democrats rake in cash The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states MORE (R-S.C.) and Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Democratic senators offer bill to make payroll tax deferral optional for federal workers 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 StefanikWomen gain uneven footholds in Congress, state legislatures Republicans cast Trump as best choice for women The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Pence rips Biden as radical risk 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.