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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Senate signaled it's ready to expand sanctions against Russia amid a probe into its meddling in the U.S. presidential election, and to let Congress review any move by President Donald Trump to lift existing penalties. The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly -- 97 to 2 -- to add the Russia measure to a bill sanctioning Iran for its work to develop ballistic missile technology, in a bipartisan rebuke to Trump's suggestions about improving relations with Russia. A date hasn't been set for a final vote on the full measure. The legislation comes after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia sought to influence the American presidential election last year. Congressional committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are examining the Russian interference and whether there was any collusion with Trump's campaign.

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"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested Tuesday that the administration might oppose the Russia sanctions amendment. "What we would like is the flexibility," he told a Senate panel."

Update: Tillerson actually said, "What we would like is the oil, er, flexibility,"

"Voting against the bill were Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who continues to advocate for Putin and Russia on every occasion, and Rand Paul of Kentucky because ... Aqua Buddha? In any case, the question is whether 97 yes votes is enough to keep Donald Trump from saying no."

www.dailykos.com

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-15 03:18 PM | Reply

But they didn't meddle in the US presidential election according to DR Conservatives who know everything.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-06-15 03:26 PM | Reply

Does anyone remember the sanctions against China for their hacking of the office of personnel?
Can't find the vote for it.

#3 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-06-15 03:30 PM | Reply

www.washingtonpost.com

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-15 03:38 PM | Reply

who were the 2 ? too lazy to click

#5 | Posted by 8roper at 2017-06-15 03:45 PM | Reply

Comey was offered political asylum by Putin.

#6 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-06-15 03:47 PM | Reply

Comrade Mike Lee, and Comrade Rand Paul.

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-06-15 03:47 PM | Reply

Corky, that only says arrests were made of the suspected hackers. I've seen that story...it prompted my question.

I've searched and can't find any stories of the prosecution of them.
Thanks, though.

#8 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-06-15 03:52 PM | Reply

Since BLOTUS is becoming a less useful idiot to Putin, still an idiot just not getting done what his Russian handler needs to get done, I'm expecting the pee pee tapes and all kinds of evidence of collusion and maybe even vote hacking to begin surfacing. This will sew chaos in the country because we really have no constitutional solution for a stolen election. There is no allowance in our laws for a re-vote. So Dems will be pissed because the election was literally stolen and the GOP will still hold the presidency (if it happens before 2018), and the GOP will be pissed because Putin's bots will spread RW talking points and news stories that all the evidence is fake and Drumpf will be illegally removed from power. This could be quite the crapfest of a constitutional crisis. Adding to that, I'm afraid for the health of RBG and Breyer because if after the evidence comes out, the GOP places another right wing hack on SCOTUS that might bring on a real revolution.

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-06-15 03:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

thehill.com

Here the WH states they intend to do something- but what?

#10 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-06-15 03:53 PM | Reply

Trump's already giving putin his 2 US spy compounds back, which obama kicked them out of for hacking the election.

He'll veto this bill. The real question will be - will repubs override his veto? Not a chance.

Trump picked Tillerson BECAUSE of the russian sanctions and anyone who can't see it is a moron. Trump picked putin's favorite oil CEO to run our foreign policy, when that CEO's company and russia would both massively benefit from ending sanctions. There's no way they abandon that plan now.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 05:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I think now that he's in the mid to low 30's, the GOP is starting to think there's there there with Drumpf corruption and they might just override his veto because they see the writing on the wall. I don't think it will pass in the House, or the bill they take up will be nothing like what the Senate passed. I'm not sure the House would override, too many Drumpf sycophants.

#12 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-06-15 06:20 PM | Reply

I think now that he's in the mid to low 30's, the GOP is starting to think there's there there with Drumpf corruption and they might just override his veto because they see the writing on the wall. I don't think it will pass in the House, or the bill they take up will be nothing like what the Senate passed. I'm not sure the House would override, too many Drumpf sycophants.

#12 | Posted by _Gunslinger_

He's in the 80s with the moron fox watching crowd though, and repubs have gerrymandered their districts so those are the only votes they care about. Trump could rape miss america on tape and they'd let him get way with it.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 06:33 PM | Reply

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly
Google Massachusetts 4th district. The town of Brookline (you know where Ted Kennedy lived) and Norwood have a population twice as large as the rest of the towns in the district. Barney Franks old stopping grounds. It is not just Republicans doing gerrymandered.

#14 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-06-15 09:09 PM | Reply

But it is only Republicans who are racially gerrymandering North Carolina so hard it's illegal.

Don't sell yourself short buddy, you won this one!

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-15 09:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It is not just Republicans doing gerrymandered.

#14 | Posted by Federalist

You're right, but just like everything else- if it's evil, repubs are the best at it.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 09:38 PM | Reply

Russian sanctions bill faces uncertain path in House

A Senate bill slapping new financial penalties on Russia and limiting President Trump's ability to waive sanctions faces an uncertain path in the House.

The measure was approved in a near unanimous vote Thursday in the Senate, where only Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) opposed the legislation, with Sanders specifically concerned about new Iran sanctions also in the bill. But House leadership hasn't committed to taking it up, and there are early signs of pushback from the White House.

"The Foreign Affairs Committee is reviewing the details in this latest sanctions package being voted on in the Senate, and after that we will determine a path ahead in the House," said AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Ryan (R-Wis.).

thehill.com

So, the House, led by "shhh, let's not talk about Russia" Ryan may not take up the Senate's Russian sanctions bill?

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-16 12:03 AM | Reply

#1: Rand Paul voted against it because he has to play the contrarian every once in a while or his libertarian followers might start to realize he's actually just another GOP hack.

#18 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-06-16 01:52 PM | Reply

That's why I don't think the House will pass anything as tough as the Senate bill. You're right, gerrymandering keeps most House districts safe, the Senate not so much, so they can afford to be Drumpf sycophants to the end. I see Flake has come out opposed to Drumpf's Cuba policy and wants a vote. Flake is running scared, he's up in 2018 and is looking for as much distance from BLOTUS as he can create.

#19 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-06-16 09:42 PM | Reply

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