They have been embraced by Republican leaders, although not by the White House.
The bill also would require Congress to vote before any sanctions on Russian Federation are lifted, and it would expand tracking of illicit finances linked to Russian Federation. House aides said they expected the chamber would begin to debate the measure in the coming weeks, although they could not predict when it might face a final vote.
Earlier this year, legislation targeting Syrian President Bashar Assad's foreign backers was approved by voice vote.
The Iran bill is due come up for a vote as soon as this week.
The deal which has the backing of top Republics and Democrats was announced by the Senate #Foreign Relations and Banking Committee. Russian Federation is monitoring the situation closely, the Kremlin spokesman said. It would make congressional approval necessary if Trump seeks to suspend or ease sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its apparent cyberattacks during the 2016 United States election campaign.
It will now be taken up by the House of Representatives before it goes to Trump to be signed into law. "We can not let Russia's meddling in our elections go unpunished, lest they ever consider something similar again". It's similar to legislation the GOP backed when it thought President Barack Obama overstepped his authority in negotiating to end sanctions on Iran.
"This is a very, very strong piece of legislation", said Sen.
The decisive bipartisan vote could put the Trump administration in a bind. "I don't expect the Russian government to sanction the United States shipping industry or railway industry or metal industry. but [Putin] is going to try to find sectors on which the impact would be comparable".
Trump has said several times that he hoped to work with Russian Federation on fighting terrorism around the world, specifically the Islamic State group that has taken hold in Iraq and Syria.
Cohn's comments were a clarification of earlier remarks in which he said the president didn't have a position on Russian Federation sanctions.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the Senate this week that new measures against Moscow could jeopardize Russia's willingness to engage a dialogue on reaching a political resolution in Syria.
Now let's see if the House passes it.
Trump could veto the bill, but with that kind of bipartisan support, he would be unlikely to get his way. "No administration likes Congress interfering with their powers".