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November 2012

Dreier: Support Russia trade bill even though Putin is ‘not a good guy’

The Hill

House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.), who will retire at the end of the 112th Congress, called on his colleagues Tuesday to support a Russia trade bill up this week even though Russian President Vladimir Putin is “not a good guy.”

“Vladimir Putin is not a good guy,” Dreier said on the House floor. “Vladimir Putin has inflicted horrendous human rights policies on the people of Russia, we’ve seen crony capitalism take hold.

“And that’s why it’s very important … that the United States of America be at the table as part of the WTO’s effort to force Russia to live with the rules-based trading system.”

The House this week is expected to pass H.R. 6156, a bill giving Russia permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status with the United States. This status is needed if the U.S. is to benefit from the trade concessions Russia agreed to when it joined the World Trade Organization over the summer.

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