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Senate passes Russia sanctions bill on 98-2 vote

Published: July 27, 2017 6:55 p.m. ET

The Senate approved new sanctions to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote Thursday, gaining tentative support from the White House before its passage.

The measure, which also imposes sanctions on North Korea and Iran, passed the Senate on a 98-2 vote. The same measure passed the House on Tuesday on a 419-3 vote. Senators interrupted a contentious debate Thursday over repealing the Affordable Care Act to vote on the sanctions.

President Donald Trump has not said whether he will sign the measure, and administration officials have said the bill may infringe on presidential authority. Trump also has expressed skepticism about U.S. intelligence findings that Russia interfered in the election.

“The president and the administration support sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “We continue to support strong sanctions against those three countries, and we’re going to wait and see what that final legislation looks like and make a decision at that point.”


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