The Senate voted to grant Russia permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status on Thursday.
On a 92-4 vote, the Senate approved the Russia trade bill with broad bipartisan support.
“We have to take very difficult votes in this chamber, but this is not one of them,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said before the vote. “PNTR is good for United States jobs … and this is strong human rights legislation.”
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, H.R. 6156, which is necessary for U.S. businesses to benefit from lower tariffs after Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) this summer.