Senate moves to debate possible sanctions against Russia

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Included in a bill now moving forward for debate in the Senate is a provision that would allow sanctions against Russia for their alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.

In a 92-7 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved the advancement of a bill intended to slap sanctions on Iran for ballistic missile testing, weapons transfers, human rights violations, sponsorship of terror in the Middle East and other violations.

But an amendment included in that bill would also punish Russia for various misdeeds, including their invasion of Ukraine and their alleged cyber-attacks on the U.S. election system.

The bill is expected to also implement the January 1 sanctions ordered by then-President Obama when he ordered the ouster of 35 Russian diplomats from the United States.

According to the Washington Examiner, Democrats have threatened to block the whole bill unless it includes the sanctions against Russia.

A vote on the bill is expected to happen as early as next week.

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