Sherman Amendment to Punish Russia for Election Interference Passes House
Washington, DC – The House passed Congressman Brad Sherman’s amendment that punishes Russia for its meddling in U.S. elections. The amendment provides serious sanctions on the Russian state by prohibiting U.S. investors from buying Russian government debt. It also provides a mechanism for removing these sanctions in the future if the Administration and Congress both determine that Russia did not interfere in our next election.
Congressman Sherman has long advocated for tougher sanctions on Russia for their interference in our democratic process. “To date, our sanctions have been illusory” said Sherman. “A few individuals have been told they can’t get visas to visit the United States, they’ll never see Disneyland. This amendment would create real, serious consequences for the Russian state.”
Under this amendment, editorials run by state-controlled media and press releases issued by the Kremlin would not be considered interference. In contrast, Russian attempts to steal data, interfere with voting and tabulation, or engage in propaganda efforts under a false flag (Russian agents posing as Americans) would constitute interference.
Click here to see Sherman’s 2-minute floor speech on the Amendment:
Sherman’s Amendment was passed as part of En Bloc Amendment #5 on Thursday. The bill passed the House today.