Rubio Introduces Sanctions Bill to Deter Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Deterring Authoritarian Hostilities Act of 2022, a bill to impose immediate and harsh, personal sanctions on Vladimir Putin and the rest of the authoritarian leadership of Russia if Russian troops further invade Ukraine. The bill would, for the first time, impose sanctions on Putin himself, and on the sectors of the Russian economy his regime depends on to personally enrich itself. Critically, this bill would not be dependent on President Biden to decide what constitutes an incursion into Ukraine.

“A core part of any strategy to force Vladimir Putin to back down is to make the consequences of an invasion extremely painful for the oligarchs that prop up his control of Russia,” Rubio said. “President Biden does not seem to understand that America must project strength and resolve, not weakness. I urge my Senate colleagues to work with me to pass this bill before it is too late.” 

In 2019, Rubio introduced the bipartisan Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act (DETER Act), which would have imposed sanctions on senior Russian officials and major sectors of the Russian economy if Russia interfered in U.S. elections. 

Rubio is Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

The Deterring Authoritarian Hostilities Act of 2022 would: 

  • Require the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress every 20 days on whether the Russian Federation or its proxies have violated the current territorial integrity of Ukraine.  
  • Within 10 days of submission of the DNI report, the President is required to impose the following sanctions: 
    • Block property belonging to and revoke visas of Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, the Russian Defense Minister and other Russia oligarchs identified in reporting required by the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act of 2017.
    • Prohibit transactions with Russian companies in the Energy, Financial, Mining, and Aerospace sectors of the Russian Economy. 
    • Impose sanctions on the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) if SWIFT does not terminate service provision to Russian banks and companies sanctioned by the bill.
  • Immediately re-impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and require a strategy from the Secretary of State on how the U.S. will encourage other countries to impose matching sanctions on Russia.


    • Yes they will. The reason I support Mr Rubio for president is that he has integrity, has Cuban antecedents, understands exactly what living in a horror regime that models itself on Russia is like and actually took the trouble in 2015 to outline what he would do to counter the putler threat.
      With John McCain sadly gone, there is no greater friend of Ukraine in US politics than Rubio. Cruz is not far behind.

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    • Well at least Rubio didn’t propose his Bill until the Senate was through with Cruz’s Bill. Not much will be done on the Democrat side because Biden doesn’t want the USA to produce energy. Both parties wanted energy independence for decades but for some reason… someone with kompromat on Biden….he had to close everything down that he could and even help the Invader produce MORE.
      I don’t like the wording here either. Ukraine’s territorial integrity has already been violated and making exceptions for it like adding the word “current” must make Putin smile.

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  1. That’s nice, but such sanctions were called for years ago already. No administration had the brains (or the balls) to get them started. Will it work this time?

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