Congressman Cohen Supports DISARM Act

March 9, 2018
Press Release
Bill renews efforts to get Trump to act on Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) has signed on to an effort to require the President to act on a law enacted last August to impose sanctions against high-level Russian officials for their roles in malicious cyber attacks on American democracy.

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act passed the House on a 419-3 vote and the Senate on a vote of 98-2 in July 2017 and became law on August 2, 2017. The law was intended to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle as the United States prepares for midterm elections this year.

However, the Trump administration has dragged its feet and denied the significance of the ongoing interference in our politics. In response, a bipartisan group of members of Congress has called upon Trump to act with the Directing Implementation of Sanctions and Accountability for Russian Mischief (DISARM) Act.

Last month, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats released the U.S. intelligence community’s 2018 assessment of threats to national security and cited Russia’s ongoing efforts to undermine confidence in our democratic processes while weakening U.S. partnerships with European allies.

“The time to act is past due,” Congressman Cohen said. “Ignoring Congressional mandates to address national security vulnerabilities, for whatever mysterious reason, is unacceptable. The DISARM Act is our way of saying to President Trump that the United States will not use rope-a-dope and misdirection as Russia continues its body blows to our democratic institutions. We’re going to fight back.”