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Cramer: House Passes North Korean Sanctions Legislation

Feb 12, 2016
Press Release
Bill Heads to President for Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the U.S. House of Representatives agreed with U.S. Senate amendments to H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016.  The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature or veto.

The bill expands existing sanctions against North Korea, in particular those related to illegal weapons proliferation, human rights abuses, and other illicit activities.  It will authorize the appropriation of $50 million over the 2017-2021 period to assist North Korean refugees and improve broadcasting and access of unfiltered information into the isolated country. 

“I am pleased the U.S. Senate saw the wisdom and joined in quickly and decisively passing the U.S. House’s North Korean sanctions bill in light of the rogue nation’s recent ballistic missile and nuclear tests,” said Cramer.  “It is unfortunate the Senate does not understand North Korea’s behavior is the same activity we are currently seeing in Iran.  North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, even after signing a similar nuclear deal, foreshadows Iran’s future actions.  In light of the Senate’s failure to stop President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, I hope they will join the House in imposing stiffer economic sanctions on Iran, as well as North Korea.”

H.R. 757 originally passed the House on January 12, 2016 by a vote of 418-2.  In the 113th Congress, the House passed similar legislation, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1771), by voice vote on July 28, 2014.