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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Senate to Vote On  North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016 (H.R.757)

The Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, on the  North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016 (H.R.757; Text of Legislation).  Communist North Korea's claim in January that it conducted a successful test of a powerful hydrogen bomb sent geopolitical shock waves around the world.  The United States (U.S.) disputed this by saying the detonation appears to be a less powerful atomic weapon. However, this is worrisome because since 2006 this was North Kore's fourth significant nuclear test.  And as Democrats and Republicans say, they are increasingly concerned by saber-rattling of Communist North Korea.  On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said while delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the U.S. that North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could recover spent fuel in weeks or months for making nuclear weapons. Also, on Saturday, February 6, 2016, Communist North launched a satellite into orbit around the earth that is not believed to be transmitting data back to earth.  Compared to a launch in 2012, the satellite that was initially tumbling in orbit, but has now stabilized, is more successful.

The measure would require that the Obama administration sanction anyone involved with North Korea's nuclear weapons program, arms-related materials, luxury goods, human rights abuses, activities that negatively impact cybersecurity and the use of coal or metals in any of the activities.

Freezing assets under U.S. jurisdiction, banning individuals from traveling to the United States or blocking government contracts, are included penalties.

What Can You Do?  

Urge your senators to SUPPORT   the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016 (H.R.757) that will impose new sanctions on the rogue nation Communist North Korea for continuing to develop its weapons programs.

Contact Information:  

To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm     

Addressing Correspondence: 

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510   

Dear Senator (last name):  

 

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