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Schumer, Gillibrand Syria sanctions bill moves

ALBANY — A bill to impose sanctions on Syria proposed by New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand is progressing after passing a key committee Thursday.

The Democrats proposed the bill after continued violence in the country.

The bill is now expected to hit the U.S. Senate floor in the spring and could reach the president’s desk by the end of the year.

The bill would require President Obama to identify Syrians who have violated the human rights of pro-democracy protesters.

Sanctions would prohibit trade including high-technology that could be used in censorship of telecommunications.