Lawmakers advanced the measure just days after it was announced by Banking Chairman Mike Crapo of Idaho and Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee, both of them Republicans belonging to Trump's party, as well as the ranking Democrats on the those panels, Sherrod Brown of OH and Ben Cardin of Maryland.
It's important to note that the measure hasn't been signed into law.
European allies, Germany and Austria, expressed concern for the impact the Russia sanctions could have on Russian natural gas supplies with Europe.
The measure also included language toughening sanctions against Russian Federation in the wake of their accused efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, converting some of the penalties put in place by former President Barack Obama's administration into law, and forbidding Trump from weakening existing Russian Federation sanctions without first seeking Senate approval. "It provides for actors undermining cyber security being subject to sanctions". The White House hasn't weighed in on the legislation but says it's "committed" to the existing Russian sanctions.
The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives. The final Senate vote on the overall bill is expected in the coming days.
Despite the overwhelming vote, the Russian Federation sanctions package was no sure thing.
The bill was opposed by Trump's State Department.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had agreed "with the sentiment" of holding Russian Federation accountable but had urged Congress not to pass any legislation that could harm a "constructive dialogue" with Moscow. They blocked US companies such as Exxon Mobil, where Tillerson was chairman, from investing in such projects. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and other lawmakers. The sanctions target the Russian energy industry in particular. It's not like the sanctions are a surprise to President Putin, who has been following the anti-Trump hysteria in Washington fairly closely.
"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history", the President wrote on Twitter.
-Iran relations, the Senate voted Thursday to impose new sanctions on the Tehran regime, expanding penalties for terrorism and piling on more punishment for the government's apparent ongoing push for ballistic missiles.