GOP Throws The ICC Sanctions Bill At The Senate

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( – The Senate GOP is pushing for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to put forward a bill that sanctions the International Criminal Court for putting forward an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

The bill passed recently through the House with the support of 42 Democrats and all Republicans. Schumer, however, is not likely to put the bill forward in the Senate, as he has previously opposed sanctioning the ICC.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) told reporters that the GOP wanted to go on the offensive and that they wanted to see the bill taken on by the Senate. 

However, for the Democrats, the bill is a point of division, as many have opposed the recommendation that Hamas and Israeli leaders need to face charges relating to their actions following the Oct. 7th attacks. There are also Democrats who have opposed Netanyahu’s response in Gaza. 

If the bill passes successfully, it would mean that financial and travel sanctions would be placed on ICC officials. The president will have the option of removing the sanctions if the ICC stops with the arrest warrants of U.S. officials or allies. 

Schumer has been mainly using the Senate floor to boost the standing of incumbents in tough races and divide Republicans on many key issues. While these bills are unlikely to pass they have been acting as a record-keeping point showcasing where each Senator stands on different issues. 

Last month, Schumer held a vote on a border security deal that had not managed to go through. Still, it gave Senators in vulnerable positions such as Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) the opportunity to boast their position in support of protecting the U.S. border. 

On Wednesday, the Senate will vote on the Right to Contraception Act. Schumer is trying to plan another vote later this month that would protect IVF. 

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