Law­mak­ers push Rus­sia trade re­stric­tion re­place­ment

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Four sen­a­tors say they will back an Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion push to repeal re­stric­tions on trade with Rus­sia, but only if they are re­placed by leg­is­la­tion sanc­tion­ing Rus­sian of­fi­cials for hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

The law­mak­ers from both ma­jor par­ties out­lined their po­si­tion to re­verse the 1974 Jack­son-vanik law in a let­ter Fri­day.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is seek­ing to abol­ish ur­gently the re­stric­tions so U.S. com­pa­nies will not lose out af­ter Rus­sia joins the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion this year. It has op­posed link­ing repeal to leg­is­la­tion tar­get­ing Rus­sian of­fi­cials. But the sup­port of sen­a­tors from both par­ties would boost prospects for the Se­nate to re­scind the law.

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