Ironton Tribune: Bipartisan effort to pass

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Ironton Tribune: Bipartisan effort to pass

On Thursday, the United States Senate passed a bill to strengthen sanctions against Russia, following the incursion of Vladimir Putin’s government into the Ukraine and the belief, by multiple U.S. intelligence agencies, that the nation interfered in the U.S. presidential election by hacking into the emails of the Democratic national Committee and others.

The legislation, introduced and co-sponsored by Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown, came about following the brokering of a deal between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, over the objections of their party’s leader, President Donald Trump.

Brown worked with U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, the chairman of the Senate banking Committee, as well as U.S. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, in securing the deal, which, through a bipartisan amendment, made the Russia sanctions part of a larger package regarding sanctions against Iran.

Too often, Washington remains in partisan gridlock, with the two parties unwilling to work with each other.

Brown and Crapo are to be commended for getting Democrats and Republicans to come together on the Russian matter, and to take steps to hold that nation accountable for actions that many in both parties have expressed concern on.

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