President Donald Trump and his associates in the Russian government got slapped with a huge setback this week.
The U.S Senate approved legislation that would place severe sanctions on the Russians. The bill earned nearly unanimous support among both Republicans and Democrats, which sends a strong message that politicians in Washington D.C. believe that Russia interfered with the U.S election in 2016.
The vote by the Senate represents the single strongest response to the Russian election interference conspiracy. This is an extremely important step.
Both Republicans and Democrats came together to support the vote in the Senate – only two of 100 lawmakers voted against the bill.
“The legislation sends a very, very strong signal to Russia, the nefarious activities they’ve been involved in,” Republican Senator Bob Corker reportedly said during the Senate’s debate over the legislation.
The U.S. Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday for legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to get Congress’ approval before easing any existing sanctions on Russia.
In a move that could complicate U.S. President Donald Trump’s desire for warmer relations with Moscow, the Senate backed the measure by 98-2. Republican Senator Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, were the only two “no” votes.
The measure is intended to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and support for Syria’s government in the six-year-long civil war.
Analysts say the bill passed by the Senate is pretty strong – it would impose severe sanctions against the Russian economy, in an attempt to punish government leaders for illegally interfering with the U.S. election
Read more, from Reuters:
Previously, U.S. energy sanctions had only targeted Russia’s future high-tech energy projects, such as drilling for oil in the Arctic, fracking and offshore drilling. They blocked U.S. companies such as Exxon Mobil, where Tillerson was chairman, from investing in such projects.
The new bill would slap sanctions on companies in other countries looking to invest in those projects in the absence of U.S. companies, a practice known as backfilling.
Also included for the first time are discretionary measures the Trump administration could impose on investments by companies in Western countries on Russia energy export pipelines to Europe.
This is a positive development – let’s hope the bill sails through the House!