Exxon Wants to Dodge Sanctions
Exxon Mobil wants a waiver to allow them to bypass sanctions with Russia and resume doing business with the Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft. Guess who used to be the Exxon CEO … none other than our own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who has lobbied in the past for sanctions to be relaxed on behalf of his company. All very fishy, and all very inappropriate, given that we have not yet uncovered the truth about the Trump/Russia nexus.
1. Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5) has introduced a bill - HR 1059, Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017 - which would prevent the President from unilaterally lifting any sanctions against Russia. Check out the membership of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where the bill has been introduced, and if your MoC is on the committee, ask them to support the bill and to oppose any relaxing of sanctions to allow Exxon to do business with Russia. If your MoC is one of the bill’s co-sponsors, contact them to thank them.
2. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has introduced a similar bill - SR 341, Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017. Check out the membership of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, and if either of your senators are on the committee, ask them to support the bill and also to oppose waiving sanctions for Exxon. If either of your senators are co-sponsors of the bill, please contact them to thank them.
3. If neither your senators nor your MoC are involved as committee members or co-sponsors, contact them to ask them to prevent Exxon Mobil being allowed to bypass sanctions with Russia.
House and Senate contact info on Speak Out page of our website.