Foreign Relations Committee Approves Bennet-Backed North Korea Sanctions

Measures from Bipartisan Bill Bennet Cosponsored Included in Committee-Passed Bill

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved a bill to strengthen and expand sanctions against the regime in North Korea and those who assist it. The bill, sponsored by Senators Cory Gardner and Bob Menendez, includes several measures from a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

"Today's passage by the Foreign Relations Committee demonstrates the seriousness of North Korea's provocations and the need for the United States to respond," Bennet said. "This bipartisan bill gives the Administration tools to strengthen and expand sanctions. The Senate should quickly pass this bill to send a strong message that the United States will not tolerate North Korea's intransigence."

The bipartisan North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 will expand and tighten enforcement of sanctions for North Korea's nuclear, and ballistic missile development, illicit cyber activities, and other destabilizing actions of the regime.