The move requires an act of Congress.
Biden will make the announcement Friday and Congress then is expected to introduce legislation.
The earlier version of the legislation had included a provision that would suspend permanent normal trade relations for Russia and Belarus. But the White House expressed concerns over that part of the bill, and ultimately it was excised. The bill banning Russian energy imports that passed the House Wednesday night instead of simply called for a review of Russia’s status in the World Trade Organization.
Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, a Democrat of Oregon, told CNN that he was engaging in talks with the top tax writers in Congress and the Biden administration about the matter, as pressure grew to include tougher language in the House bill when the Senate takes it up – as soon as next week.
“I believe the Russians – the inhumane behavior of Russia does not justify it to get the fruits of the international community,” Wyden told CNN.
Late. Mike Crapo, an Idaho Republican and the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, said he probably would not support the House bill without stronger language on its trade status – and made clear there would be an effort to amend it.
“The question is PNTR, which is absent. And then they had some other stuff on the WTO in there, which is kind of hollow if we do not do PNTR,” Crapo said earlier in the day. “So, I probably would not support it because it does not have the key things that you need for a proper trade response.”
This story has been updated with additional details Thursday.