Republicans held off for months on passing new Russian Federation sanctions as they tried to give the Trump administration time to turn around the U.S. -Russia relationship, which soured under President Obama. Broad new sanctions would be imposed on Russia's mining, metals, shipping and railways sectors. It also is unique because it is the first major piece of foreign policy legislation the Senate has considered this year to command so much support from both sides of the aisle. Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders were the only two "no" votes. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland was not present during the vote. USA intelligence reports have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a cyberattack with the intention of boosting Trump's chance to win. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., also were involved in the multi-party negotiations to draft Russian Federation sanctions that could secure a commanding majority of the Senate. Chuck Schumer of NY, asserted that Congress would have to take the lead against the Putin government because the Trump administration "has been too eager - far too eager, in my mind - to put sanctions relief on the table".
It also aims to punish Russia's Vladimir Putin for interfering in last year's U.S. election, and to make it tougher for the White House to roll back sanctions.
Senators in both parties have cast a wary eye toward Trump and Russian Federation, and the Senate bill was widely seen as an effort to put a check on the White House in case it decides to soften sanctions on Moscow.
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The administration's warmer tone toward Moscow has been an area of contention between the White House and Republican lawmakers, who are deeply skeptical of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "If Congress creates sanctions, Congress should release the authority to make decisions on and off".
"We would ask for the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue", Tillerson said in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The legislation was loudly endorsed by Israel lobbying group AIPAC, and Sen. Cardin and Brown, The Post said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), vocal Russian Federation critics John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), as well as Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) were also involved in various stages of the discussion.
"I know that some people in the White House are pushing back", Brown said on Capitol Hill, according to Politico.
Rest assured that, just as he did in the budget negotiations, Schumer is triangulating a bit, praising Republicans for acting independently of the White House.
Senior aides told Reuters they expected some sanctions package would eventually pass, but they expected the measure would be changed in the House.
"However, we can't accept the threat of illegal and extraterritorial sanctions against European companies", they said.