Owens co-sponsors the DICTATOR Act

Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) co-sponsored the Direct Investigations on China, Take Action To Oppose Russia (DICTATOR) Act, bipartisan legislation to investigate whether the Chinese government and affiliated entities are helping Vladimir Putin’s regime evade U.S. sanctions following Russia’s unprovoked, barbaric invasion of Ukraine. 

The DICTATOR Act would require the Secretary of State and other officials to submit a report and brief Congress on the extent to which the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and affiliated entities may have aided the Russian Federation in evading sanctions, actions taken by the U.S. government in response, and our strategy to prevent further support from the PRC to Russia.

“As Putin wages war on a sovereign Ukraine and slaughters innocent civilians, it’s clear that sanctions and deterrent measures have been insufficient at isolating the Russian Federation,” said Rep. Owens. “The DICTATOR Act sends a clear message: Those who stand behind Russia’s power-hungry dictator will stand alone. I am proud to support this legislation to ensure Putin is unable to escape accountability.”

The bill’s full text is available here.