Business groups see progress in moving Russia trade bill

Sunday, 24 June 2012
The Hill

Business groups say they feel encouraged that Congress will approve Russian trade legislation before the August recess. ... The National Foreign Trade Council has criticized the human rights bill named after Russian attorney Sergei Magnitsky, who died while in police custory.

NFTC President Bill Reinsch said his group doesn't have much objection to linking the trade legislation with Magnitsky, but they want a narrowly focused human rights bill targeting abuses in Russia.

“Linking them guarantees that at least the good part passes as well as the bad,” Reisch told The Hill. He said his group would prefer that the trade bill be approved first, but if the two bills are linked “there is a level of comfort that both will happen.”

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