US Russia Trade

December 5, 2012 - 3:33 AM
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012, photo, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., speaks with supporters during a celebration rally at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Senate is taking up legislation Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, that would end four-decade-old trade restrictions that are blocking U.S. businesses from enjoying the benefits of a more-open Russian market. The bill also imposes sanctions on Russian human rights violators. The last apparent hurdle to Senate action on the measure came with a decision to accept the House version of human rights legislation that was attached to the trade bill. Cardin, who authored the Senate version, indicated that he was willing to accept the House approach so that the bill can be passed. "This bill may only apply to Russia, but it sets a standard that should be applied globally," Cardin said in a statement. "I encourage other nations to follow our lead." (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)