US Senate Overwhelmingly Backs Stronger Sanctions Against Russia, Iran

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for an amendment limiting the Trump administration's ability to unilaterally ease sanctions on Russian Federation.

"The amendment to the underlying Iran sanctions bill maintains and substantially expands sanctions against the government of Russian Federation in response to the violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyberattacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria", said Republicans and Democrats on the committees. Lawmakers who backed the measure also cited Russia's aggression in Syria and Ukraine. Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, told Politico. John McCain of Arizona. From the Senate, the bill still has to be approved by the House and then by President Trump to become law. But in a Senate panel Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned against passing a measure, saying it would make it more hard to improve U.S.

Senators have struck a deal to put a comprehensive Russian Federation sanctions bill on the floor this week, according to those negotiating the legislation.

The Iran bill, including the Russian Federation sanctions amendment, was expected to pass the Senate on Thursday or later on Wednesday.

The president, who has been highly critical of Iran, would have to reject the tougher sanctions against Tehran if he rejected other parts of the legislation. Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders were the only two "no" votes.

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The anti-Iran sanctions come following two sets of sanctions that were rolled out in February and May by the US Treasury Department over Iran's missile program. The official said the administration is committed to keeping current sanctions in place until Moscow honours commitments it made over Ukraine and that the existing framework for sanctions is the best way to pressure Russian Federation.

"If the president doesn't sign a bill that passes the Senate with 90 votes, the president will learn yet another lesson about what the public wants", Brown said. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Foreign Relations Committee's ranking Democrat, Benjamin L. Cardin (Md.), Banking Committee ranking Democrat Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and vocal Russian Federation critics John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) were also involved in various stages of the discussion.

The discussions gathered steam late last month after Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and ranking committee member Sen.

"I'm concerned about it, but I don't really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House", Sen.

But Corker said he conferred with the administration in fashioning the amendment. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a separate probe. They would target Russia's defense, intelligence, railway, mining and shipping industries.

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