02.04.16

Senate to Vote on Gardner North Korea Sanctions Legislation Next Week

WASHINGTON – The Senate is scheduled to vote on Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, which was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously on January 28, 2016, on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016. This legislation sanctions individuals who contribute to North Korea’s nuclear program and proliferation activities, imposes mandatory sanctions on cybercriminals, as well as officials involved in censorship and the regime’s continued human rights abuses. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, Gardner has been a leader on North Korea policy and has advocated for the United States to take a stronger position combatting North Korea’s proliferation activities and cyber-related crimes.


Background:

  • In April, Gardner urged the Obama Administration to act following reports that the regime is expanding its nuclear stockpile. 
  • In May, Gardner introduced a resolution urging new sanctions on North Korea in reaction to the regime’s long history of human rights abuses, military threats, and international law violations. 
  • In August, Gardner met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and discussed the threat the regime poses to South Korea and the region. 
  • In October, Gardner chaired a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on North Korea and the Obama Administration’s failed policies, and reacted to the Obama Administration’s announcement of limited new sanctions, calling them “not nearly enough.” Later that month, Gardner along with Senators Rubio and Risch introduced the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jim Risch (R-ID), David Perdue (R-GA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) are cosponsors of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act.  
  • In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Gardner discusses the legislation he introduced and urges action against the “Forgotten Maniac.” 
  • After the regime’s nuclear test in early January, Gardner responded by calling for immediate action and was disappointed the President failed to mention North Korea or its most recent test during his final State of the Union address. 
  • On January 12, 2016, the House of Representative passed legislation that imposes sanctions on North Korea.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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