Cardin to in­tro­duce bill on Rus­sia today

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND -

Sen. Ben Cardin, the top-rank­ing Demo­crat on the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, will un­veil leg­is­la­tion today that he said will re­spond to Rus­sia’s al­leged cy­ber­at­tacks dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as well as Moscow’s in­volve­ment in Syria and Ukraine. The leg­is­la­tion is part of a broader, bi­par­ti­san push on Capi­tol Hill to of­fer some an­swer to Moscow — pos­si­bly be­fore Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s term ends in Jan­uary. Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump ex­tended a more con­cil­ia­tory tone to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin through­out the cam­paign. Cardin did not dis­cuss specifics of his pro­posal, which he said he would lay out in a speech today. Asked if the bill would call for sanc­tions against Rus­sia, Cardin said only that it would be “com­pre­hen­sive” and that it would ad­dress the coun­try’s 2014 an­nex­a­tion of Crimea and its airstrikes in Syria.

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