January 12, 2017 (Windy Hill Beach) — Sen. Schumer yesterday called for new sanctions against Russia, as a response to Russian “hacking” of the recent US presidential election. Here’s an excerpt from Sen. Schumer’s floor speech:
The reports of the past 24 hours are extremely troubling. But one thing we now all agree on is that Russia is behind the hacking of our election, as even the President-elect has now just said. This makes it even more important that we not only keep the existing sanctions in place but that we institute a new, tough sanctions regime in response so Russia can’t get away with what they did and other countries will know as well that they will suffer penalty if they try to interfere with our elections.
… Secretary Nominee Tillerson has also not committed to new sanctions. Just yesterday, a bipartisan group of Senators, including the Senators from South Carolina, Maryland, Florida, California, Nebraska, introduced a tough, new sanctions-on-Russia bill for their interference in our elections. I support this effort. I believe the Senate should act soon upon it. I am very concerned that thus far the President- elect, Mr. Tillerson, and Senator Sessions have not endorsed these tough new sanctions.