Esty Votes for Sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after voting in favor of the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act, which passed the House by a vote of 419-3:
“This is a good bipartisan bill to strengthen our national security and hold to account three adversarial governments that have repeatedly threatened America’s interests.
“Russia has committed multiple cyberattacks against American institutions, deliberately spread lies and propaganda to mislead the American people, and interfered in our elections. We need to send a unified message that the United States will not tolerate this assault on our democracy. Today’s legislation sends that message – and importantly, it maintains Congress’s authority to keep the sanctions in place even if the President tries to roll them back.
“Though Iran remains in compliance with the 2015 agreement banning it from developing nuclear weapons, its unacceptable ballistic missile program and support for international terrorist groups continue to pose a danger to the United States and our allies. These new sanctions will help us fight back against these threats to our security.
“Finally, North Korea’s rising aggression cannot go unanswered. We need a tough and smart strategy to combat the danger posed by Kim Jong Un’s oppressive, violent regime. Today’s sanctions will form an important part of that overall strategy.”