US Senate Overwhelmingly Backs Stronger Sanctions Against Russia, Iran

US Senate Overwhelmingly Backs Stronger Sanctions Against Russia, Iran
US Senate Overwhelmingly Backs Stronger Sanctions Against Russia, Iran
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20 June, 2017

"The legislation sends a very, very strong signal to Russian Federation, the nefarious activities they've been involved in", Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said as lawmakers debated the measure.

It's important to note that the measure hasn't been signed into law.

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, the chairman of the Banking Committee, said the legislation expands the Ukraine-related sanctions to ban Western companies from being involved in Russian energy exploration projects in the Arctic and elsewhere.

By tying Iran and Russian Federation together, Congress has made it more hard for Trump to oppose the action. In a televised addressed, he said that sanctions would violate the Iran deal signed by President Obama. These latest sanctions are in retaliation for Russia's interference in last year's presidential election. "And all during that process, the sanctions remain in place".

The Senate voted almost unanimously Wednesday to allow Congress to strip the president of the power to unilaterally lift existing sanctions against Russian Federation, a matter that had many of President Donald Trump's allies siding with his harshest critics. House aides said they expected the chamber would begin to debate the measure in the coming weeks, although they could not predict when it might face a final vote. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voted against the bill.

The vote was on a procedural motion to attach the Russian sanctions provisions to a larger package of Iran sanctions that also has bipartisan support.

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The White House stressed that it is committed to the existing Russian sanctions regime that it believes is best suited to address USA concerns and would keep sanctions in place until Russia resolves the situation in Ukraine.

The new bill would slap sanctions on companies in other countries looking to invest in those projects in the absence of United States companies, a practice known as backfilling. "I would be very, very surprised if the president vetoes this bill".

The White House will reach out to House Republicans to bring changes favored by the Trump administration to legislation approved by the Senate this week that places tougher sanctions on Russian Federation, according to news reports Saturday. The vote was 98-2.

However, Sen. Robert Menendez was skeptical, telling Politico, "I just cannot fathom how House Republicans could ultimately, with everything that's going on with Russia's nefarious actions, try to either deep-six the bill or dramatically change it".


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