Another U.S. Congressman joins "Azerbaijan Democracy Act"...
The bill now has two co-sponsors
U.S. Congressman Joe Heck, (Republican, Nevada) on Friday joined "Azerbaijan Democracy Act," a landmark bill (H.R. 4264) that would impose visa sanctions on Azeri senior leadership amid their human rights violations, TURAN's Washington D.C. correspondent was informed by the Congressional sources.
"The bill now officially has two second co-sponsors," said the source.
As TURAN reported yesterday, Democrat Congresswoman Louise Slaughter just recently become the first co-sponsor of the bill which was announced by Congressman Chris Smith, Helsinki Commission chair later last year,
The 14-page long legistlation was referred to three Congresisonal Committees and it’s "yet to be announced when [the bill] will come to the floor for a full vote,’ a congressional source told TURAN.
If passed into law, the bill’s operative section denies U.S. visas for senior leadership of the Azerbaijani government and their immediate family members; those who derive significant financial benefit from business dealings with senior leadership or their family; and members of the security or judicial branches.
An exception is made for travel to the U.S. by officials for participation in the OSCE Minsk Group meetings related to settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and neighboring Armenia.
The Sense of Congress addresses a prohibition on loans, insurance or financing through U.S.-funded programs; discourages multilateral finance assistance for Azerbaijan, and calls for blocking of assets in the U.S. of senior leaders and their family members.
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