Senate Approves Deal Stripping Trump of Power to Remove Russia Sanctions

It hits Russian Federation with new sanctions and codifies the existing ones imposed by the Obama administration for Russia's occupation of Crimea, its incursion into eastern Ukraine, its military intervention in Syria and its interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The measure also gives Congress the ability to block attempts by President Donald Trump to lift sanctions against Moscow.

The sanctions were meant to be a punishment for Russia's meddling in Ukraine as well as pushback to the Moscow government's attempts to interfere in the US election past year, lawmakers said.

The measure is meant to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 US election, its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for Syria's government in the six-year-long civil war.

The fresh sanctions would also see Russian mining, metals, shipping and railways affected, with the Senate also planning on putting into law some previous sanctions touching Russian energy projects and debt financing. The State Department has said that talks are ongoing with Russian Federation over the possible return of the compounds, underscoring the Trump administration's interest in securing more cooperation from Moscow in ending the Syrian civil war. Corker said he'd agreed to give Tillerson a "short window of opportunity" to reverse the deteriorating relationship between the United States and Russian Federation. Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky were the only "no" votes.

The Russia sanctions measure was added as an amendment to an Iranian sanctions bill, after a deal was struck between the heads of the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committees.

- Require a study on the flow of illicit finance involving Russia and a formal assessment of US economic exposure to Russian state-owned entities.

Still, Corker and other Republicans said they expect Trump to sign the bill if it's passed by the House.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are debating parallel legislation, though it is unclear whether it would be met with the same bipartisan support as it did in the Senate, which would be required in order to survive a potential veto.

An amendment was added to the popular Iran sanctions bill to expand existing sanctions to Russia-citing its election meddling, its seizure of Crimea in 2014, and its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"Americans are concerned about Russia's behavior in the Ukraine and Syria and they are concerned about Russia's increased cyber-intrusions", Sen. But in a Senate panel Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned against passing a measure, saying it would make it more hard to improve U.S.

Trump has repeatedly and openly doubted the intelligence community's finding that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election. Said the bill's easy passage should be a caution to reporters who seem to concentrate on areas of disagreement between the two parties, especially now, after this week's attack on Republican congressmen at a baseball practice.

  • Larry Hoffman