Senate unites in sanctions against Russian Federation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 14:37
"With overwhelming Senate passage of the Russian Federation sanctions amendment, the USA sends a strong signal to President Putin while ensuring the Trump administration has the flexibility it needs", said Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The Senate deal comes amid a crisis afflicting the Trump administration aver a possible attempt to obstruct justice in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The document also describes a new provision by which the US president will not be able to weaken or cancel sanctions against Russian Federation without the Congress's consent.
The bipartisan agreement came in the form of an amendment to legislation the Senate already is considering on sanctions for Iran.
CNN reported that the proposal aims to impose a new set of sanctions on Russian Federation in different categories. Cardin, a Democrat, expressed the belief that President Trump would sign the bill when passed.
Trump has signaled for stronger ties between US and Russian Federation compared to the relationship under the Obama administration, once telling reporters, "I would love to be able to get along with Russia" and calling Putin "very smart" in a separate instance. Congressional committees and the FBI are investigating the Russian interference and whether there was any collusion with Trump's campaign.
The step is supported by both Republicans and Democrats, and the vote is set to take place on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.
"These additional sanctions will. send a powerful and bipartisan statement to Russian Federation and any other country who might try to interfere in our elections that they will be punished", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
A source in Capitol Hill hinted that the White House is not opposed to Congress moves to scale through the bill, in spite of varying signals from #President Trump and his administration, the source said.
The measure filed Monday night directs sanctions toward Russia's intelligence and defense apparatus, as well as parts of its energy, mining, railways and shipping economy.
The Trump administration is reviewing the Senate measure, according to a White House official, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
House and Senate committees are investigating Russia's meddling and potential links to the Trump campaign, with testimony scheduled Tuesday from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He has not publicly backed sanctions against Vladimir Putin's regime.
"We think that is a fundamental policy shift for the United States that needs to be done in sunlight and therefore a review of Congress is urgent", says Sen.