US Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

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A day earlier, the Senate voted to adopt an amendment to the bill that would expand sanctions against Russia, CBS News reported.

"With overwhelming Senate passage of the Russian Federation sanctions amendment, the US sends a strong signal to President Putin while ensuring the Trump administration has the flexibility it needs", said Senator Corker.

On the Iran sanctions, despite some opposition from a few officials in the Obama Administration, the plan focuses extra sanctions on Iranian support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and most importantly the work on a ballistic missile program. So the White House would have to reject stricter punishments against Iran, which it favors, in order to derail the parts of the legislation it may object to.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the Trump administration was "committed to existing sanctions against Russia" but was "still reviewing the new Russian Federation sanctions amendment". "Any idea of the President that he can lift sanctions on his own for whatever reason are dashed by this legislation".

Today's vote was the most significant blow the Republican President has received from the Republican Congress. "Pretty good rate of return". Sanders insisted his concern was that the new sanctions against Iran would imperil the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. The sanctions are in response to the violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, cyber-attacks and interference in elections and continuing aggression in Syria. Rouhani is a political moderate who defeated a hard-line opponent. However, the sanctions language was authored by Idaho Republican Mike Crapo, and it is attached to a sanctions bill targeting Iran, authored by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker. He's instead castigated his own intelligence community and rejected its assessment that Russia's hacking and disinformation campaign was meant to aid his candidacy.

It's unknown whether new sanctions will negatively impact our deteriorating relatioins with Russian Federation, although it's a safe bet they won't help.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the author of the bill, told reporters he hoped President Donald Trump would "acknowledge" the near-unanimous support among senators for tougher actions against Iran and Russian Federation.

The White House didn't mention the Iran sanctions part of the bill, but did appear to be down on the Russian Federation portion, saying they believe that the existing slew of anti-Russia sanctions are already plenty. The Trump administration has pushed back against the bill, and his fellow Republicans hold a commanding 238- to 193-seat majority in the chamber.

Putin had previously dismissed the proposed sanctions, saying they reflected an internal political struggle in the United States, and that Washington had always used such methods as a means of trying to contain Russian Federation.

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