United States senators dare Trump to veto sanctions against Russian Federation

The amendment on Russian Federation, which passed in a 97-2 vote on Wednesday, was attached to a bill to strengthen sanctions on Iran.

McCain described existing punitive measures against Russian Federation as "modest" and "reversible at the discretion of the president".

"This bipartisan amendment is the sanctions regime that the Kremlin deserves for its actions", Shaheen said.

Under the legislation, new sanctions could be levied on entities engaging in "malicious cyber activity".

Maryland senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, told TWS that the White House might express some reservations about the bill, but he expected them to support it.

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Perhaps anxious about the bill's chances in the House, Senate Democrats are pushing their bill on social media.

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".

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The bill was a response to allegations of Russian interference into the United States presidential election previous year, allegations Russia has consistently denied. Trump has repeatedly dismissed Russian electoral meddling, raising questions about whether the White House might reject the Senate's sanctions deal.

The Senate approved the bill 98-2, with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont voting against the measure.

"Everything we say Russia's done wrong?" Trump has been reluctant to address Russian's involvement and has repeatedly praised the country and President Vladimir Putin.

The sanctions would codify existing economic restrictions and place new ones in an effort to economically harm specific individuals and Russia's economy.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had encouraged the Senate to hold off on more sanctions, saying that he'd like more time to try and work diplomacy with Russian Federation.

"This is a very, very strong piece of legislation", Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said on the Senate floor.

Lawmakers advanced the measure just days after it was announced by Banking Chairman Mike Crapo of Idaho and Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee, both of them Republicans belonging to Trump's party, as well as the ranking Democrats on the those panels, Sherrod Brown of OH and Ben Cardin of Maryland.

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