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Moulton, 22 Armed Services Democrats Introduce Bill to Boost Unity and Deterrence Against Russian Aggression

June 26th, 2017

Moulton: “Congress cannot stand idly by while President Trump fails to respond to a grave threat to our democracy”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), and 21 other original co-sponsors have introduced the Fostering Unity Against Russian Aggression Act of 2017. The act would lay the groundwork for a response to the deliberate campaign led by Russia to undermine democracies around the world and weaken U.S. alliances and partnerships. This would include requiring the Secretary of Defense to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter Russia.

“Russia has conducted an aggressive campaign to undermine not only our democracy, but democracies in Western Europe. I am proud to support Ranking Member Smith’s bill that addresses these attacks with an effective strategy – something the administration has failed to do. Congress cannot stand idly by while President Trump fails to respond to a grave threat to our democracy,” said Rep. Moulton.

“I am pleased to work with Congressman Moulton on this bill to forcefully and responsibly counter Russian aggression, its violation of arms treaties, and its campaign to erode democratic values worldwide,” said Rep. Smith. “It is time for Congress to lead on this issue, especially given President Trump’s unwillingness take the danger seriously. This bill adopts an intelligent and proactive approach to strengthening allied and partner defenses, increasing deterrence, and boosting our cohesion while requiring measures to reduce the risk of miscalculation and accidental nuclear war.”

The bill’s original co-sponsors are Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Jep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY).

To learn more about Congressman Seth Moulton visit https://moulton.house.gov or connect with him on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or Medium.

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