Senators have struck a deal to put a comprehensive Russian Federation sanctions bill on the floor this week, according to those negotiating the legislation. Since 2014, the US has leveled sanctions against Russian Federation, citing a laundry list of Moscow's violations, including its interference in Ukraine and Crimea, its supplying of weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad, and more recently its attempts to influence the 2016 presidential elections. The proposal also includes targeted sanctions against individuals engaged in corrupt activities and/or human rights abuses. The House would then have to approve it before it goes to Trump.
Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on foreign relations, expressed confidence Monday that Trump would sign off on it. The deal requires a congressional review of any changes to Russian sanctions.
On Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported that an anonymous USA senior official disclosed Russian hackers had infiltrated systems in 39 states, scores more than previously reported.
The measure also would allow new sanctions on Russian mining, metals, shipping and railway sectors.
The measure would also authorize assistance for European countries concerned about Russian aggression, and require a study on the "flow of illicit finance involving Russia and a formal assessment of U.S. economic exposure to Russian state-owned entities".
Now it's looking more and more like Congress will stand in his way. "A bill working its way through Beacon Hill would help ensure that more of the state's almost 700,000 eligible citizens who are not registered to vote are able to cast ballots on Election Day".
"I think we're there".
When asked whether the White House supports the measure, Corker hesitated, noting that "I have to believe that the administration has to at least strongly consider supporting this".
Several key officials in the Trump administration are being investigated for their alleged ties to Russian intelligence officials and businessmen.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately praised the deal, urging the House to also pass it quickly. He also said that new sanctions would be enshrined in a law limiting President Donald Trump's ability to lift them.
"These additional sanctions will also 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", said Sen.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed the amendment late Monday, setting up a vote for later this week, after extensive talks with Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).
During the presidential campaign, Trump said that he was open to revisiting sanctions imposed by the Obama administration.