Bennet Votes to Pass Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Bill

Legislation Includes Bennet-Backed Russia Provision, Bennet-Led Iran Sanctions Bill, and New Measures on North Korea

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today supported the Senate-passed, bipartisan legislation to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea for their destabilizing activities worldwide.

"This bill sends a strong, bipartisan message to Russia, Iran, and North Korea - three countries posing immediate threats to our national security," Bennet said. "The President should sign the bill into law to signal to the Kremlin that we will not tolerate Russian aggression or interference in our democracy. This bill also will hold Tehran accountable for its destabilizing activities and work to restrict the Kim regime from pursuing its dangerous nuclear program."

The Senate passed similar legislation in June that sanctioned Russia and Iran. The bill passed tonight includes additional sanctions on North Korea.

Background on Legislation

Russia: The legislation includes a Russia sanctions amendment, which contains language from a Bennet-backed bill to require congressional review if any sanctions are relaxed, suspended, or terminated. The amendment will strengthen existing sanctions and establish new sanctions and other measures to counter Russian aggression and interference.

Iran: The legislation includes the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act, which Bennet introduced with a bipartisan group of senators. The bill aims to counter Iran's destabilizing activities related to terrorism, human rights abuses, and its ballistic missile program.

North Korea: The legislation includes sanctions on North Korea to restrict the regime's access to revenue which funds the regime's nuclear and missile programs.