On the January 29th deadline to implement Russian sanctions passed into law by Congress, the Trump administration announced it has decided to not implement new sanctions, stating "If the law is working, sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent."
On August 2, 2017, The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act was begrudgingly signed into law by President Donald Trump after being passed the House and Senate with nearly unanimous support. The Act called for fresh sanctions not only for Russia, but also North Korea and Iran. However, an October 1st deadline for identifying which Russian entities would be penalized with new sanctions came and went without Trump providing the required list. After 3 weeks and a push from Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the Trump Administration finally took the first steps in implementing the Russian Sanctions.
The law codifies Obama era sanctions imposed by executive order at the end of last year, extending sanctions to individuals engaged in malicious cyber activity or selling weapons to the Assad regime in Syria, and it defines new sanctions to be enforced against Iran for violations of human rights and continuing weapons program activities. Critically, the bill gives Congress the ability to review and reject any proposed lifting of sanctions against Russia by the Trump Administration.
In light of the President’s continued inability to draw a clear line with Putin and implement the sanctions, it is important to keep visibility and momentum on this critical check on the Administration’s power in dealing with Russia.
Who To Call: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, Representative Richmond or Scalise.
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I’m an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I’m calling to demand that the [Senator/Representative] call on President Trump to implement the Russian Sanctions signed into law in August 2017. Trump's decision to not identify or implement sanctions against Russian organizations and individuals is unacceptable and disregards the will of the public and Congress.
Thank you for all your hard work answering the phones.
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This call is adapted from 5calls.org.