House To Vote On Turkey Sanctions, GOP Opposes

Roll Call reports:

This week the House will consider a package of sanctions against Turkey and an election security measure, while the Senate will finally bring some fiscal 2020 appropriations bills to the floor. The Turkey sanctions measure is being brought to the House floor despite last week’s U.S.-Turkey announcement of a 120-hour ceasefire in northern Syria.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the vote in a joint statement last week with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, calling the ceasefire a “sham” and criticizing President Donald Trump for reversing his decision to impose sanctions against Turkey.

The bipartisan sanctions package will “work to reverse the humanitarian disaster that President Trump unleashed in Syria,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “Our servicemembers, our allies and our partners all suffering from the Syrian conflict deserve smart, strong and sane leadership from Washington.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday said he opposes the sanctions “at this time,” adding that Turkey should be given more time to comply with the deal announced last week by Pence and Pompeo.