Schumer, Cardin to introduce legislation on Russia sanctions

Schumer, Cardin to introduce legislation on Russia sanctions
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Senate Minority Leader Chalres Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said he has bipartisan support for a bill that would require President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE to go through Congress before lifting any sanctions on Russia.

Schumer told ABC’s “This Week” that Republican Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief R-E-S-P-E-C-T: One legacy of Franklin and McCain is up to us MORE (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin Graham GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday Grassley willing to send staff to California to speak with Kavanaugh accuser MORE (S.C.) both support the legislation, which the minority leader plans to introduce this week with Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment More Dems come out in public opposition to Kavanaugh MORE (D-Md.).

McCain and Graham, who have both been critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, have expressed concern over Trump suggesting he is open to warmer relations with the Kremlin.

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“And for us to repeal sanctions, given what Russia has done in Ukraine and threatened the Baltics and, now, they have clearly tried to intervene in our election — whether it had an effect or not ... that’s a danger that we have never faced to this extent in American history,” Schumer said.

The U.S. intelligence community earlier this month released a report that concluded Putin called for an influence campaign aimed at helping Trump win the White House. 

Cardin, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in December that he would introduce sanctions against Russia over its interference in the United States election, in addition to its role in the Syrian war and the conflict in Ukraine. 

"The executive branch has acted, but it is imperative the legislative branch now pick up the ball and move it forward. Congressional sanctions can complement and strengthen these new executive sanctions," Cardin said at the time.