Quigley Statement on Secretary Mnuchin’s Response to Russian Sanctions
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Ranking Member of the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee and as a Member on the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after asking Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about the Trump Administration’s refusal to implement Russian sanctions:
You can watch the exchange here.
“Last August, the House and Senate both overwhelmingly passed new sanctions in response to Russian interference in our elections. Yet, this Administration refuses to follow-through on implementation, claiming that passage of the law itself is enough to deter businesses from dealing with Russia.
“Regardless of how the President feels personally about these sanctions, or the fight he put up prior to its passage, he ultimately signed them into law and is obligated to act. By doing nothing, this President is effectively telling the world that there are no consequences for attacking our democratic process.
“Today, I asked Secretary Mnuchin point blank: Will this Administration fully implement the Russian sanctions mandated by Congress?
“While this action is very long overdue, I was pleased with the Secretary’s response that this Administration will finally—and fully—sanction Russia over election meddling within the ‘next several weeks.’ The American people are watching, and I will hold the Department of Treasury’s feet to the fire to ensure Secretary Mnuchin fulfils this pledge and follows the law.”
You can read Rep. Quigley’s opening remarks from the hearing, as prepared for delivery, here.