By Katie Pavlich
"The multitude of threats posed to our national security by Iran, Russia, and North Korea cannot be understated. These bad actors have long sought to undermine the United States and disrupt global stability. Our job in Congress is to hold them accountable," House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week. "The bill we just passed with overwhelming bipartisan support is one of the most expansive sanctions packages in history.
It tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe. I want to thank Leader McCarthy, Whip Hoyer, Chairman Royce, and Ranking Member Engel for their tireless work on this vital national security issue."
After the sanctions passed the Senate, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered hundreds of Americans working for the U.S. government in Moscow to be expelled from the country.
During the State Department press briefing Tuesday, Secretary Rex Tillerson said the sanctions are unhelpful and limit the administration's options.
"The action by the Congress to put these sanctions in place and the way they did, neither the president nor I are very happy about that," Tillerson said. "We were clear that we didn't think it was going to be helpful to our efforts, but that's the decision they made."
Unlike other signings, the sanctions approval went down without fanfare or cameras.
originally published in the townhall