WH to Lobby House GOP on Softening Senate Bill on Moscow Sanctions

Louis Holland
June 20, 2017

The measure in the new bill, which was was passed in the Senate by a vote of 97-2, aims to strengthen current sanctions and implement new ones on Russia, targeting individuals "conducting malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government", as well as those engaged in corruption, human rights abuses, selling weapons to the Assad regime in Syria, or doing business with Russian intelligence or defence agencies.

Tillerson, who has said he wants to improve relations with Russian Federation, urged lawmakers Wednesday not to constrict the administration. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to push back at the legislation Wednesday at a House hearing. The bill, which passed 98-2, includes an array of penalties aimed at choking off the vast financial networks that USA lawmakers say Moscow and Tehran need to sustain their destabilizing behavior.

Flynn had been misleading about his phone conversations late last December that reportedly included talks with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, just as then-president Barack Obama was ordering new sanctions on Russia over its alleged election meddling. The bill, which includes both Russian and Iranian sanctions, now heads to the House, which still needs to pass it before it goes to President Donald Trump's desk.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass sanctions against the regimes in Iran and Russian Federation, targeting the former for its ballistic missile program and the latter for its aggressive cyber war against the United States.

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Senate Foreign Relations chairman Bob Corker had pumped the breaks on the Russian Federation sanctions bill weeks ago, per the request of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"We must not allow this kind of interference in our elections become a normal process", said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

"But I believe that these new sanctions could endanger the very important nuclear agreement that was signed between the United States, its partners and Iran in 2015", Sanders added.

Still, Corker and other Republicans said they expect Trump to sign the bill if it's passed by the House. The measure also would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

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Asked where Tillerson stood on the legislation, Corker said he wasn't sure, but noted that the bill "strikes a great balance" between executive and legislative power. Rand Paul and independent Sen.

The legislation was loudly endorsed by Israel lobbying group AIPAC, and Sen.

"If we can not make some progress, and I have told others in the Senate, I have had conversations with them, I may very well be coming to you and saying the time has come now to do this in order to motivate some movement on their part".

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