Senate Passes Sanctions on Russia

Jun 15, 2017

In a 97-2 vote, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran. Democrats are pushing the strongest bill possible as retribution for the Russians having somehow interfered in the 2016 elections. The legislation seeks to assert Congress as the final arbiter of sanctions relief and not the president. The legislation would codify the previous sanctions into law and add new sanctions affecting Russia’s defense and military. The White House has not announced where it stands on congressional review of sanctions.