U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today praised the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 6156, legislation granting permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia. The measure mirrors legislation that was reported out of the Senate Finance Committee in July. Hatch called on the Senate to take up the House-passed bill as soon as possible.
"At a time when our economy is weak, the House took action on bipartisan legislation that will spur job growth here at home and let American farmers and ranchers gain from Russia's entrance into the World Trade Organization," said Hatch, whose Committee has jurisdiction over international trade policy. "A thoughtful and balanced approach, this bill will hold Russia accountable by strengthening the rule of law and cracking down on corruption and rampant human rights abuses. It's a win-win bill and the Senate should act swiftly to take up the measure without further delay. It's the responsible thing to do."