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U.S. Congress
Cardin plans to press on human rights in new role

A proposal to allow the United States to refuse visas and freeze assets of human rights abusers more easily is receiving renewed attention in Congress now that Sen. Ben Cardin, a chief architect of the measure, has become the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill would give the president wide authority to impose sanctions on individuals involved in killings, torture and other human rights violations — expanding the administration's power to call attention to those abuses. It is the kind of legislation that Cardin — a longtime leader of the human rights-oriented Helsinki Commission and a champion of global humanitarian causes — plans to...