Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2010
Relations with Russia

The 112th Congress should
  • encourage members to increase interaction with their Russian counterparts, thus helping the Russians to understand legislative oversight of the executive;
  • shift the security focus in Europe to enforcement of human rights through the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe rather than seek to expand NATO;
  • press the administration not to lobby for construction of the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, an economically unjustified project that has needlessly antagonized Russia;
  • encourage the president to negotiate an agreement for deeper reductions in the U.S. and Russian strategic arsenals;
  • refuse to endorse U.S. contributions to the International Monetary Fund, which may have facilitated corruption in Russia; and
  • reexamine visa procedures and regulations to lower the wall between immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.

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