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Senate Approves Measure Limiting Trump's Power Over Russia Sanctions

Senate Approves Measure Limiting Trump's Power Over Russia Sanctions

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Foreign Relations Committee's ranking Democrat, Benjamin L. Cardin (Md.), Banking Committee ranking Democrat Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and vocal Russian Federation critics John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) were also involved in various stages of the discussion. But for now, at least, Senate Republicans appear willing to tie his hands before he can reach out to Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump campaigned on easing tensions with Russian Federation, arguing that it would be in America's best interest to try warming relations with Vladimir Putin.

"We have a large placemat of hard issues with Russia", Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations in a budget hearing on Tuesday, explaining that he is trying to "stabilize" relations.

"What I wouldn't want to do is close the channels off", Tillerson told a Senate committee. As an example, Tillerson said talks with Moscow on stabilizing war-ravaged Syria are progressing, but it's too early to tell if the discussions will bear fruit.

The proposed legislation seeks to penalize Russian Federation for its interference in the 2016 US presidential elections, involvement in Syria's civil war and annexation of the Crimea region in Ukraine.

The measure also asserts a role for Congress if the White House opts to ease any sanctions against Moscow. He's sending a top State Department official, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon, to St. Petersburg on June 23to work through some "irritants".

The amendment, which will be attached to a bill that would strengthen sanctions on Iran, would codify the existing sanctions against Russian Federation established by Barack Obama's executive orders, and impose new sanctions against Moscow for its interference in the 2016 elections, aggression in Ukraine and support for the Syrian government. He said Tuesday the administration should be supportive of the measure.

"This is a very, very strong piece of legislation", said Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and ranking committee member Sen.

"This amendment is also an important step as we continue our efforts to reassert congressional authority".

The sanctions are "focused on various areas, including the Russian intelligence and defense sectors, parts of its energy sector, and its metals, mining and railways economy", according to the Washington Post. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a separate probe.

Senate approval of the bill comes more than five months after USA intelligence agencies said Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.

The lower House of Representatives must still approve the bill before it would reach Trump's desk. He has not publicly backed sanctions against Vladimir Putin's regime.

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