Senators Rubio & Van Hollen Introduce The DETER Act of 2019, Calling for Strict Sanctions Against The Russian Government

Earlier this afternoon, March 3rd 2019, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a new bill to US Congress entitled the “Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act” – otherwise referred to the “DETER Act.” The bill is essentially a carbon copy of a 2017 bill also introduced by Senator Rubio, previosuly voted down, which called for immediate sanctions upon the Russian Government for their interference and/or meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election.

In a message attached to the re-release of his bill here today, Senator Rubio stated that “The one clear message we can all take away from the Mueller Report – along with the consensus of our intelligence chiefs – is that Russia worked to manipulate the American people and undermine our democratic process in 2016.” Explaining that for this reason, the DETER Act aims to “send a clear and powerful message to Russia and any other foreign actors seeking to disrupt our elections: If you attack American candidates, campaigns, or voting infrastructure, you will face swift and severe consequences.

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What’s perhaps most interesting about this news today, at least to me, was that I didn’t hear about it through the American media – but rather through Russia Today, whom literally put out two different articles on the subject within hours of Rubio’s release. Interestingly enough, the Russians are essentially brushing the bill off as propaganda, especially considering that this same exact bill has already failed once before. More specifically, RT calls Rubio’s bill an overreaction of so-called “Russia-gate Hysteria,” also going to on to point out how extreme the bill actually is. For example, if passed, the bill would “require sanctions to be imposed on a list of Russian banks and energy companies. It would also prohibit US citizens from engaging in business with any entity owned by the Russian government, and freeze the assets of Russian political and business leaders targeted for sanction in the US.” At least from the Russians perspective, this is also exactly why the bill is likely to fail a second time – especially given Trumps veto of Russian sanctions dating back to 2017.

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