USA senators dare Trump to veto sanctions against Russian Federation

by Marta Holmes June 25, 2017, 1:08

The new package of Russia sanctions, passed by a 97-2 vote in the Senate, was so far one of the strongest USA responses to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to keep and expand sanctions against Russian Federation and to block the president from lifting them without congressional approval.

The measure would require a green light from Congress in the event sanctions on Russian Federation are relaxed, suspended or terminated.

USA senators have voted overwhelmingly to impose fresh sanctions on Russian Federation over its alleged interference in last year's election.

The measure looks to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for his country's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and to make Iran pay a price for its "continued support of terrorism".

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The order also demands that records be kept on any foreign travel by members of Trump's transition team and presidential campaign. Mueller is the person Rosenstein appointed to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The measures need the approval of the House of Representatives and to be signed into law by President Trump, although they are thought to have enough Congressional support to override any veto. From the Senate, the bill still has to be approved by the House and then by President Trump to become law.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) hailed the lopsided vote in favor of the Iran sanctions bill that he helped shepherd to passage with the Russian Federation measure attached, but he stopped short of echoing previous predictions that Trump would sign the combined sanctions legislation once it clears the House.

The new sanctions target "key sectors of Russia's economy", according to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, including mining, metals, shipping and railways.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the Senate bill's cosponsors, told reporters on Wednesday that the White House was already lobbying against the measure, Business Insider reported.

The vote was overshadowed by Wednesday's shooting at a congressional Republican baseball practice - two senators were there, Rand Paul and Jeff Flake of Arizona - but the Senate kept on its schedule, and the bill is expected to be passed by the end of the week. However, the official did want it to be known that the administration "supports sanctions on Russian Federation and that the political ramifications of any veto have not been discussed yet". Rand Paul (R - KY) and Mike Lee (R - UT), the Senate today passed the Crapo Amendment, which imposes a series of new sanctions on Russian Federation over what it claims is "aggressive behavior". Also included in the bill is an amendment strengthening sanctions for Russian officials who support cyberattacks against the USA and its allies.


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