The House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance held hearings this week on granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to Russia.

CCIA sent a letter to both House and Senate committee members urging them to consider the issue of Internet freedom in Russia as part of their discussion of the U.S.-Russia relationship.

To extend PNTR, Congress would have to repeal the application of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, enacted in 1974 to prohibit normal trade relations with countries that violated human rights.  While allowing Russia’s ETO entry would provide some economic benefits to both countries – that must be weighed against both the economic and human costs of Russia’s Internet restrictions. For more, see CCIA’s February post on this issue.

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