Senate GOP, Dems Agree On New Sanctions On Russia

Senate strikes deal to rein in Trump on Russia sanctions

Senate Readies Vote on Russia Sanctions

A bipartisan group of senators agreed late Monday on a new package of sanctions against Russian Federation as well as curbs against any attempts by President Trump to roll back existing penalties.

This agreement was reached by the top members of both parties on the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committee, but still need approval from Congress.

The financial penalties target what the lawmakers call "malicious cyber activity" by Russian Federation, referring to the country's alleged cyber attacks against the Democratic Party in last year's presidential election.

On Monday night, a bipartisan group of Senate leaders announced that they had come to an agreement on a list of sanctions meant to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

The legislation was crafted by senators Mike Crapo and Sherrod Brown of the Banking Committee, and Bob Corker and Ben Cardin of the Foreign Relations panel.

The latest measure will be attached as an amendment to a larger bill that would see new sanctions imposed on Iran. 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.

Eight nominations were announced yesterday: "About three months after President Donald Trump abruptly fired about half of the nation's us attorneys, the White House has formally announced replacements for some of the vacancies he created".

Us senators have made a decision to tighten sanctions against Russian Federation.

It will also systematize previous sanctions put in place through executive orders by former President Barack Obama and allows the Trump administration to slap new economic sanctions on the Kremlin later on.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer praised the deal and urged the House of Representatives to pass it as soon as possible.

It's curious how little the Trump administration seems to care about this: "Russia's cyberattack on the USA electoral system before Donald Trump's election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in nearly twice as many states as previously reported".

Schumer said in a statement that the new measure will "send a powerful and bipartisan statement to Russian Federation and any other country who might try to interfere in our elections that they will be punished".

They also take aim at individuals supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. "There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions", said Dan Fried, a veteran State Department official who served as chief USA coordinator for sanctions policy until he retired in late February.

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