The Caesar Act goes all the way back to 2014 & the Syrian Torture Claims without Torture
While the House and Senate iron out these details, the executive branch has an opportunity to plan ahead for how to implement the Caesar Act most effectively.In other words the US does not want Syria to rebuild. I know you're shocked at this move on the part of the US. (facetious)
One key to the act’s success will be for the administration to send a clear message to regional allies, especially in the Gulf, that even if U.S. troops withdraw from Syria, no one has a green light to bankroll Assad’s reconstruction plans.
To its credit, the European Union has already taken action against the network of regime loyalists who have bankrolled Marota city. On January 21, the EU imposed sanctions on eleven prominent business executives and five associated companies, almost all with direct ties to the project. The five companies all established joint ventures with the Damascus Cham Holding Company, a regime investment vehicle. According to the EU, the combined value of those ventures is $170 million.
Beyond the significance of holding these companies and their leaders accountable, the EU action targets a new generation of crony capitalists who have risen up during the war, in part because their predecessors were already under sanctions, thus limited in their ability to transact on the regime’s behalf. Once the Caesar Act is signed into law, the EU’s recent targets may also find themselves in the U.S. Treasury’s crosshairs.
A key provision of the act, Section 102, requires the president to impose sanctions on all those who “knowingly, directly or indirectly, provides significant construction or engineering services to the Government of Syria.” Other targets include those who help the regime expand oil and gas production and purchase aircraft or spare parts.Stripes
In legislative terms, the act authorizes secondary sanctions, meaning that they apply to foreign individuals and firms, not just American ones. The sanctions apply equally to citizens of friendly governments like the UAE and Bahrain, as well as Russian or Iranian firms, whose governments don’t hide their opposition to U.S. policy.
Inhofe also said he’s talked with President Donald Trump on his objections on any time-based withdrawals and anyone who claims to have a date of withdrawal doesn’t know what they are talking about.It's been clearly stated here the US wasn't going anywhere at all....
“It should have been conditions on the ground from the beginning for any place where we have troops,” Inhofe said during a wide-ranging discussion with reporters on Capitol Hill.
On Syria, the senator said, “I think what is going to happen is that we’ll leave ample troops in there.”