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Following House passage of increased sanctions against Russia, Congressman Denny Heck urges swift Senate passage and the President’s signature

Jul 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to expand sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 election:

“The President often complains about too much talk, and not enough action. The best course of action now is for the President to sign these sanctions against Russia into law immediately following passage in the Senate.  Russia must be held accountable for its invasion of Ukraine, its blatant disregard for the human rights abuses perpetrated by their ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and their repeated cyberattacks aimed at interfering in our democracy as well as other Western democracies. These sanctions are a way to discourage the behavior while we also take proactive steps to protect our election systems from future attacks.”

In a July 14 op-ed for The News Tribune, Congressman Heck called on the U.S. House of Representatives to approve further sanctions against Russia.

On June 21, Congressman Heck questioned former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about whether he thought Russia would interfere in future elections during an open hearing in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

On December 15, 2016, Congressman Heck called on Congress to establish an independent commission to further investigate Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. On January 6, 2017, Congressman Heck signed on to support H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act which would establish a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russia’s attempts to interfere in and influence the 2016 elections, and to find a solution to prevent this from happening in the future. On January 10, 2017, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi selected Congressman Heck to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.