Mar 17, 2022 - World

House passes bill to end normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus

Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik via Getty Images

The House on Thursday passed a bill to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus in response to Vladimir Putin's unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

Why it matters: The bill would raise tariffs on goods from Russia and Belarus and give President Biden power to impose even stricter import taxes on their exports.

  • Lawmakers voted 424-8 in favor of the bill. It now heads to the Senate.
  • Biden announced his support for the measure last week.

The big picture: Russia's economy is already suffering from economic sanctions, with the International Monetary Fund predicting that it will fall into a "deep recession" this year.

What to watch: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Thursday he will work quickly to move the bill through the Senate.

  • "Both parties remain united in sending Putin a clear message: His inhumane violence against the Ukrainian people will come at a crippling price, and today's step by the House is another way we're making that come true," Schumer said.
  • "I will work with my colleagues to find a way to move it through this chamber quickly."

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