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A glance at the Senate’s Iran, Russia sanctions legislation

Sanders insisted his concern was that the new sanctions against Iran would imperil the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran.Senator Lamar Alexander voted for the legislation to impose tougher sanctions on Iran and expand sanctions against Russian Federation. It also imposes new sanctions in a number of categories, including those “conducting malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government” and “supplying weapons to the Assad regime”.The Senate’s Iranian sanctions legislation imposes new restrictions on Tehran’s ballistic missile program, also aiming to punish Iran for supporting terrorism and human rights violations.”First, it stands up to the aggression of Russian Federation and Iran”, said Sen.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told CNN that “we moved to make the Congress, not the President, the final arbiter of sanctions relief when necessary”.It also would require President Donald Trump to seek congressional permission to relax the current regime of sanctions against Russian Federation, possibly limiting his leeway to improve relations between Washington and Moscow.Despite overwhelming bipartisan support, Sen.However, Sen. Robert Menendez was skeptical, telling Politico, “I just cannot fathom how House Republicans could ultimately, with everything that’s going on with Russia’s nefarious actions, try to either deep-six the bill or dramatically change it”.The vote was overshadowed by Wednesday’s shooting at a congressional Republican baseball practice – two senators were there, Rand Paul and Jeff Flake of Arizona – but the Senate kept on its schedule, and the bill is expected to be passed by the end of the week.It’s important to note that the measure hasn’t been signed into law.In other words, the Trump administration may (again) be betting that loyalty to the president – or more likely, fear of his political base – will be more important to House Republicans than the omnipresent suspicions over, and investigation into, possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as the president’s seeming attempts to dismiss that investigation.Senators are optimistic Trump won’t veto them.”I think we all agree this has been a rather partisan beginning to a new administration”.Disclosure: I co-authored the 2011 book The Tea Party Goes to Washington with Sen. And it would ask the administration to prepare a study on the possible effects of expanding sanctions to cover sovereign debt and any derivative products.The step is supported by both Republicans and Democrats, and the vote is set to take place on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.