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Daily Call To Action: May 26th, 2017

May 26, 2017 The Call – Russia Sanctions Review Act (S.341/H.R. 1059) Urge your members of Congress to support The Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017 (S. 341 H. R. 1059). In February, a bipartisan group of Senators concerned about Trump’s pro-Russia statements cosponsored legislation to prevent Trump from unilaterally lifting Russia sanctions and imposing additional sanctions for interference in our election. An identical companion bill was introduced in the House. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has so far resisted efforts to move the bill forward. But Thursday, Corker indicated that he may advance the bill in June, subject to a request by Secretary of State Tillerson for “a short window” to improve the relationship with Russia. Since the bills were introduced, there have been several alarming developments within the Trump Administration regarding Russia.  General Michael Flynn, who was National Security Adviser before being forced to resign after it was revealed he lied about discussing sanctions with the Russian Ambassador, is under FBI investigation. Despite the revelations, Trump continues to defend him and it was recently reported he wants him back in the White House. Trump’s failure to expressly confirm the United States’ continuing commitment to Article 5 of NATO, providing for mutual defense, has unsettled our European allies and delighted the Kremlin. On Thursday, an administration spokesman said President Trump is looking at the future of Russian sanctions and “right now, we don’t have a position.” A president whose campaign is under FBI investigation for possible collusion with Russia to interfere in our election should not be able to unilaterally lift sanctions on Russia. If he did, it would look like a quid pro quo. Your Action Call your members of Congress to urge them to support The Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017 (S.341/H.R.1059), which would prevent the president from unilaterally lifting sanctions on Russia and would impose additional sanctions against Russia for election interference. Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]

  • I want [Sen/Rep_____] to support [S.341/H.R.1059] The Russia Sanctions Review Act.

  • A president whose campaign is under investigation for collusion with Russia should not be able to lift sanctions on Russia without Congressional approval.

  • The way the president treated our NATO allies raises my concern that, whether on purpose or not, he is playing into Russia’s hands.

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