By Ramsey Cox - 03/27/14 11:11 AM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems: Keep gun research ban out of spending bills Senate clears Puerto Rico debt bill for final passage Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal MORE (D-Nev.) said Thursday that the Senate would continue to pass legislation aimed at punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin if he keeps acting like a “schoolyard bully.”
“Today is an important day for Ukraine,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “This bill is a reality check to [Putin] that the United States will not stand idly by while he plays the role of a schoolyard bully.”
Obama has called for aid to Ukraine since Russian forces centered the Crimean Peninsula weeks ago. Russia annexed Crimea last week, making it a part of Russia.
“I say to President Putin, operating by intimidation and belligerence won’t work,” Reid said. “Consequences for his continued bullying will not end, certainly not with this bill. … What we’re doing here today is just the beginning.”