Rep. Estes Supports Bipartisan Turkey Sanctions Bill

Washington, October 29, 2019 | Greg Steele (202-225-6216)
WASHINGTON—Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) voted today for H.R. 4695, the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act. The legislation will implement targeted sanctions on Turkish leaders following Turkey's invasion of northern Syria earlier this month.

"This bill sends a strong message that even NATO allies like Turkey must be held responsible for invading countries and escalating violence," said Rep. Estes. "I voted against House Democrats' resolution two weeks ago that was more critical of the Trump administration than Turkey's actions in Syria. However, today's bill imposes serious sanctions that will help ensure Turkey does not repeat its past behavior toward our Kurdish allies and abides by the ceasefire secured by the Trump administration."

On Oct. 16, Rep. Estes voted against a resolution following Turkey's invasion of Syria earlier this month. At the time of the vote, Rep. Estes said, "House Democrats’ non-binding and divisive resolution would have no impact on actual policy and was more critical of the Trump administration than Turkey." Unlike the partisan resolution, H.R. 4695 would impose sanctions against Turkish officials and financial institutions responsible for the invasion.

Ron Estes is a 5th generation Kansan and represents Kansas’ 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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