White House pushing Republicans in the House to relax new Russian Federation sanctions

The House has yet to take up the measure, which is an amendment to a bill that tightens sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests.

It's not clear how the pitch would be received by House Republicans, but Politico added the administration official says the White House is "confident it has allies in the House" who do not like limiting the president's powers.

"With passage of this legislation, the Senate reasserts congressional authority - while providing the Trump administration appropriate national security flexibility - and sends a clear signal to both Iran and Russian Federation that our country will stand firm in the face of destabilizing behavior and that Congress will play a leading role in protecting our national interests", added Senator Corker. The bill, which passed 98-2, includes an array of penalties aimed at choking off the vast financial networks that US lawmakers say Moscow and Tehran need to sustain their destabilizing behavior.

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

The bill isn't yet law - it first has to pass the House of Representatives and be signed by Trump - but still, it sends a message that Congress does not want Trump to act unilaterally on Russian sanctions.

However, aides in both the Senate and the House said they expected support for the bill would be strong enough to override a Trump veto if necessary.

The review mechanism was styled after 2015 legislation pushed by Republicans and approved overwhelmingly in the Senate that gave Congress a vote on whether President Barack Obama could lift sanctions against Iran. Chuck Schumer of NY, the minority leader, said Wednesday.

In a state-television interview which aired Saturday, Russian president Vladimir Putin said that the proposed sanctions were "harmful" and would "complicate Russia-American relations". "It is unacceptable for Russian Federation to interfere in our elections here in the United States, or anywhere around the world". The measure also would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

The legislation was loudly endorsed by Israel lobbying group AIPAC, and Sen.

Mr Putin said that Russian Federation would be forced to make changes because of the sanctions, but they would not lead to a "collapse". Republican Senator Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, were the only two "no" votes.

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