Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinSenate poised to override Obama veto US general calls out Pakistan on support for Afghan militants Top Dem: 'Risk factor' to extending Iran sanctions in lame duck MORE (D-Md.), the lead sponsor of the bill, said Magnitsky "blew the whistle on the largest known tax fraud in Russian history," and named Russian officials involved in the plan to defraud Russia of about $230 million. Magnitsky was soon arrested, held in detention for almost a year with no trial, and died after suffering from untreated medical complications.
Cardin's bill, which is sponsored by several Democrats and Republicans, including Sens. John McCainJohn McCainGreen Beret awarded for heroism during 'pandemonium' of Boston bombing House passes ObamaCare mandate exemption bill NBC's Lester Holt emerges from debate bruised and partisan MORE (R-Ariz.) and Dick DurbinDick DurbinMcConnell: Senate could drop flood money from spending bill Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears Senate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal MORE (D-Ill.), would deny U.S. visas to the Russian officials involved in his death. It would also freeze the U.S.-held assets of these individuals.
"My legislation simply says if you commit gross violations of human rights, don't expect to visit Disneyland, Aspen or South Beach and expect your accounts to be frozen if you bank with us," Cardin said Thursday.
"Visas are privileges, not rights, and we must be willing to see beyond the veil of sovereignty that kleptocrats often hide behind," he added. "They do this by using courts, prosecutors and police as instruments of advanced corporate raiding and hope outsiders are given pause by their official trappings of office and lack of criminal records."
Cardin also charged that Russia has done nothing to further investigate Magnitsky's death, and the bill essentially calls on the U.S. government to identify those involved.
Under the bill, S. 1039, the State Department would have to publish a list of Russian officials responsible for the death and abuse of Magnitsky, and then deny these officials U.S. visas. It would also require the Treasury Department to further investigate money-laundering related to the tax conspiracy Magnitsky identified, and freeze related assets in the U.S.
Other co-sponsors to the bill are Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteGOP senators hit FBI on early probe of NY bombing suspect Senate rivals gear up for debates WATCH LIVE: Warren campaigns for Clinton in NH MORE (R-N.H.), Mark BegichMark BegichRyan's victory trumps justice reform opponents There is great responsibility being in the minority Senate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect MORE (D-Alaska), Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalDems slam Yahoo CEO over delay in acknowledging hack Overnight Cybersecurity: Cyber questions for the debate | Dem wants Yahoo hack probe Takata says it failed to report airbag rupture in 2003 MORE (D-Conn.), Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE (R-Neb.), Mark KirkMark KirkSenate rivals gear up for debates The Trail 2016: Trump seizes on Charlotte violence Iran president hints at future prisoner swaps, cash settlements with US MORE (R-Ill.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio praises Marlins pitcher José Fernández on Senate floor Glenn Beck: I was wrong about Ted Cruz Senate rivals gear up for debates MORE (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDems call for better birth control access for female troops GOP puts shutdown squeeze play on Dems Senators seek to boost women in international forces MORE (D-N.H.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: SEC begins probing Exxon Senate Dems unveil new public option push for ObamaCare Emails: Powell talked Clinton health concerns with Dem mega-donor MORE (D-R.I.) and Roger WickerRoger WickerGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase GOP to Obama: Sanction Chinese entities to get to North Korea Senate GOP pressures Dems for deal on internet fight MORE (R-Miss.).