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Rose to Introduce Legislation to Determine if Russia is a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Following reports of Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan, Congressman to introduce the SMART Act: ‘If a foreign power or entity tries to directly or indirectly assassinate American soldiers, that is terrorist activity and there must be consequences’

Staten Island, July 9, 2020

Following reports that Russia placed bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan, Congressman Max Rose will introduce the Stopping Malign Actions from Russian Terrorism (SMART) Act today with Congresswoman Kendra Horn of Oklahoma to require the U.S. Department of State to determine if the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.

 

“If a foreign power or entity tries to directly or indirectly assassinate American soldiers, that is terrorist activity and there must be consequences,” said Rose, an Army combat veteran who earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star from his service in Afghanistan. “I’ve had enough of this Administration playing geopolitical footsy with the Kremlin. In just the last few years, Russia and its proxies have been tied to a gruesome assassination of a rival in England by nerve gas, shooting down a passenger plane over Ukraine, and efforts to destabilize democracies around the world and here at home. We—and especially our own Commander in Chief—cannot sit on the sidelines while Vladimir Putin tries to murder America’s brave men and women in uniform.”

 

The legislation, which is a companion to bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a State Sponsor of terror under United States law. This designation is made by the Secretary of State for countries that “have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism” and currently includes North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Sudan.

 

Following reports of Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan, Rose demanded answers from the Administration and stated, “Failing to respond to Russian bounties on American soldiers is an utter failure of leadership at the highest of levels.”

 

Full text of legislation HERE.

 

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