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Author: Subject: Republican Congresswoman Stefanik's bill to more aggressively monitor Russia and Putin passes House

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  posted on 3/13/2019 at 03:51 PM
https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/38241/20190313/stefanik- passes-bipartisan-bill-seeking-deeper-russia-putin-probe

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik won passage Tuesday of a measure that would instruct U.S. intelligence agencies to move more aggressively to monitor Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies.

Intelligence agencies have confirmed for more than two years that Russian President Vladimir Putinís agents interfered in the 2016 presidential election. President Trump downplayed that threat during an appearance last year with Putin himself.

"They [U.S. intelligence agencies] said they think it's Russia," Trump said, standing next to Putin after a summit meeting. "I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be."

This idea has become a culture war flashpoint, a partisan issue ahead of the 2020 presidential election. But the North Countryís Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says itís clear Russia did interfere.

"It is clear that Russian actors conspired to interfere and influence U.S. political processes and the Presidential election in 2016," she said on the House floor.

Stefanik and a Democratic Congresswoman in Florida, Val Demmings, co-sponsored a bill that would step up U.S. intelligence efforts directed at Putin himself and his close personal allies.

"The bill would require that within 180 days of enactment, the Director of National Intelligence in coordination with the Secretary of Treasury and the Secretary of State shall submit a congressional report on the personal net worth and assets owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin," Stefanik said.

"The report would also include accounts, holdings, shell companies and intermediaries and identify senior Russian political figures and oligarchs who facilitate corrupt practices."

The measure passed the House on a voice vote. Similar bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, but itís unclear whether majority leader Mitch McConnell will bring it up for a vote.




 
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  posted on 3/13/2019 at 04:16 PM
While in both her elections, I did not vote for Stefanik, I am proud to say that she very recently has stood on the right side of history and done what I think is needed to counter Trump's overreach and his refusal to acknowledge the Russian influence on our election process.

Not only did she sponsor the aforementioned legislation, but she also crossed party lines and voted with Democrats against Trump's recent National Emergency declaration.

 
 


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