In a move that can only be described as a condemning smack to Donald Trump’s face, the United States Senate has passed a bill that limits the power of Donald Trump to ease sanctions currently in place against Russia.
The bill actually slaps a new round of sanctions on Russia, and ensures that there in checks in place to force Trump to require Congressional approval before attempting to unilaterally undo sanctions.
According to NPR, the Senate’s defiant move comes on the heels of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson making it clear that he wanted more “flexibility as he tries to improve ties with Russia.”
The bill had strong bi-partisan support. One of the bill’s co-sponsors was Senator Mike Crapo (R – ID), said -citing Putin’s growing unpredictability – “Americans are concerned about Russia’s behavior in the Ukraine and Syria and they are concerned about Russia’s increased cyber-intrusions. Many of us on both sides of the aisle feel the U.S. needs to be much stronger in its response to Russia.”
NPR goes on:
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire adds that it was important to send a bipartisan message to the Kremlin, which she says tried to undermine U.S. elections.
“What we have heard from experts in the intel community: They’ve warned us that if Russia gets a pass on this, that it will interfere in future U.S. elections,” Shaheen says. “We’ve seen that in Europe and other western democracies.”
She’s urging the House to follow suit with similar legislation and calling on President Trump to sign the measure, which is attached to the popular Iran sanctions bill.