House Committee Clears Way for Floor Vote on Global Magnitsky Sanctions Bill

By Valentina Pasquali

A draft bill that would enable the U.S. government to impose sanctions on corrupt officials and individuals who commit grave human rights violations anywhere in the world will soon get a House floor vote. Members of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a revised version of the bipartisan Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which was endorsed by the Senate in December and is expected to receive final passage later this year. If enacted, the legislation would empower the White House to bar visas for, and order asset freezes on, foreign officials and others suspected of facilitating...