WASHINGTON — As Arab states rebuild ties with Syria, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers has introduced sweeping legislation seeking to counter the normalization of President Bashar al-Assad.
First reported by Al-Monitor, the bill led by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) would expand economic sanctions against Assad’s financial backers and cronies. Dubbed the “Assad Regime Anti-Normalization Act of 2023,” its release comes days after the Arab League voted to readmit Syria, whose membership was suspended over Assad’s bloody response to his country’s peaceful uprising in 2011.
"Countries choosing to normalize with the unrepentant mass murderer and drug trafficker, Bashar al-Assad, are headed down the wrong path," Wilson said in a statement Thursday.
The bill's seven other co-sponsors include House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and the co-chairs of Congress' Syria caucus, Reps. French Hill (R-Ariz.) and Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.).