In July of last year, Congressmen John
Conyers of Michigan and Ted Yoho of Florida drew up an amendment to the
House Defense Appropriations bill (HR 2685) that “limits arms, training, and
other assistance to the neo-Nazi Ukrainian militia, the Azov Battalion.” It
passed by a unanimous vote in the House. And yet by the time November came around and the conference debate over the year end appropriations bill was underway, the Conyers-Yoho measure appeared to be in jeopardy. And indeed it was. An official familiar with the debate told The Nation
that the House Defense Appropriations Committee came under pressure from the Pentagon to remove the Conyers-Yoho amendment from the text of the bill.
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Natylie Baldwin is author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations available in e-book and print. She has traveled throughout western Russia since 2015 and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. She blogs at (more...)