Senate Votes Up Anti-Russia Sanctions

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The bill includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and "continued support for terrorism".

It's not clear how the pitch would be received by House Republicans, but Politico added the administration official says the White House is "confident it has allies in the House" who do not like limiting the president's powers.

However, "the administration official emphasized that the White House supports sanctions on Russian Federation and that the political ramifications of any veto have not been discussed yet", Politico reported.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week that he was wary of Congress taking actions that could interfere with the administration's efforts to improve relations with Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new USA sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries.

The sanctions would codify existing economic restrictions and place new ones in an effort to economically harm specific individuals and Russia's economy.

However, aides in both the Senate and the House said they expected support for the bill would be strong enough to override a Trump veto if necessary.

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He added: "I'm not against sanctioning it for something like the Diamond title". I'm not entirely sure who these people are, but they're out there somewhere.

The Senate voted Wednesday, 97-2, to pass a measure that would toughen sanctions on Russian Federation and would prevent the White House from unilaterally removing the sanctions imposed by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama in 2014 and 2016.

"You add up, without firing a shot or shooting a missile, the amount of disruption the Russians have caused in Western societies at large - all that for less than 5 percent of the cost of a new aircraft carrier", Warner said. In a series of tweets, Kerry urged lawmakers to "tread carefully" in pushing ahead with new Iran sanctions in the wake of President Hassan Rouhani's re-election to another four-year term.

In November, Iranian dictator Ali Khamenei threatened us leaders that his country would react if sanctions were passed against his terrorist regime.

The Senate on June 15 voted 98-2 to pass the legislation, which will now be sent to the House of Representatives for approval before being sent to Trump for his signature.

The bill provides for the consolidation on the legislative level of the sanctions imposed by Executive orders of Barack Obama. The libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only other "no" vote against the bill.

But as the inquiries examine whether members of Trump's campaign discussed easing sanctions on Russian Federation after Trump won the election, Congress is hitting the brakes on any possibility of warmer relations with the country that's U.S. intelligence agencies say tried to meddle in the United States democratic process.

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.