Crapo-backed Russian Federation sanctions bill passes Senate

  • Crapo-backed Russian Federation sanctions bill passes Senate

Crapo-backed Russian Federation sanctions bill passes Senate

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.

Final approval of the bill came a day after a 97-2 vote in favor of an amendment to the Iran Sanctions bill that puts into law existing American sanctions against Russia, dealing not only with US protests over aggression in Crimea and Ukraine, but also in response to Russian cyber attacks linked to the 2016 elections.

It strengthens existing sanctions targeting Russian energy projects, while imposing new sanctions on those involved in serious human rights abuses, supplying weapons to the Syrian government, carrying out malicious cyber activities and doing business with Russian intelligence and defense. Additionally, the sanctions include a provision that prevents President Trump from lifting sanctions against Russian Federation without the consent of Congress. Sen.

The Trump administration reportedly is weighing the return of Russian compounds on USA soil seized by the Obama administration, and the president has repeatedly expressed a desire for better relations with Moscow while downplaying the impact of Russia's cyber activities.

Following yesterday's vote on an amendment adding substantial sanctions against Russian Federation to the bill, the Senate today voted to pass the bill, which was designed primarily to impose a number of new sanctions on Iran for "non-nuclear" moves that the Senate objects to.

The vote was 97 to two for the legislation, filed as an amendment to an Iran sanctions bill. This bipartisan amendment is the sanctions regime that the Kremlin deserves for its actions, ' said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, another leader of the push for the legislation.

Baeedinejad said that the new sanctions should be approved by the US House of Representative and it should be also signed by the US president; therefore any official reaction should be postponed to future.

The move comes amid political controversy over President Donald Trump's views on Russia and speculation over whether his campaign colluded with Russian attempts to sway the 2016 election in his favor.

But Tillerson urged Congress to make the sanctions legislation doesn't tie the president's hands and shut down promising avenues of communication between the two former Cold War foes. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee had initially been hesitant to take it up, as the administration had expressed a hope it could improve relations with Moscow.

Idaho Republican Senator Mike Crapo helped push legislation through the Senate Wednesday to maintain and expand sanctions against the government of Russian Federation. The White House has taken no formal position on the bill, otherwise.

Today's vote was the most significant blow the Republican President has received from the Republican Congress.