Senate votes decisively to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, sends measure to Trump for his signature

Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, John Barrasso
FILE - In this June 6, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Republicans working on high-stakes health care legislation are preparing for problems with abortion restrictions that their House counterparts have already passed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States Senate has voted decisively to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, and has sent the measure to Trump for his signature.

The legislation heads to President Donald Trump.

He’s expected to sign the measure into law even though the bill includes provisions that bar him from easing the penalties on Russia without first getting permission from Congress.

Trump has privately expressed frustration over Congress’ ability to limit or override power of the president on national security matters. But he has little choice but to sign the bill due to the enormous support for the measure on Capitol Hill.

Senators voted 98-2 to pass the sanctions bill, two days after the House cleared the legislation overwhelmingly, 419-3.

The sanctions targeting Moscow are punishment for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and for its military aggression.

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