Senators Working on Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Russia Sanctions

Senators Working on Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Russia Sanctions

"I most want to know what President Trump committed to President Putin at the Helsinki conference in the two hours about which we know very little except what Russian Federation is selectively leaking or characterizing", said Sen.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he believes Russian Federation will work hard to sway November U.S. congressional elections toward Democrats and not his fellow Republicans, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion.

"You need to work with Congress to come up with new sanctions because Putin's not getting the message", Graham said on CBS's "Face the Nation". Russian foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov confirmed Trump's invitation but told reporters that Putin would "wait for the dust to settle" before deciding whether to accept. Congressional midterm elections will take place in November.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy noted that the indictment said there is no evidence the vote count was affected, "but that was not likely for a lack of trying".

On Putin, Ryan said: "We certainly will not be giving him an invitation to do a joint session".

"At a time when India is focusing on growing defence ties with the USA, we applaud Congress for also focusing on protecting this strategic partnership", Biswal said. Gowdy made his remarks during an interview on television's "Fox News Sunday".

Reuters reported that Rubio and Van Hollen wrote last week to the chairs of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations committees to hold hearing on the measure by early August. They did it the last time.

Under pressure from Congress, which past year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the US Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities.

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The bill said that if the Kremlin tries to interfere with a federal election again, a mandatory set of severe sanctions would be imposed.

While a clear legislative path is far from certain, and several GOP aides noted potential White House opposition to any new efforts, the push, along with a separate new Russian Federation sanctions package being put together by Sens.

But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell isn't pleased with the idea.

United States oil and gas companies are lobbying against imposing tougher sanctions on Russian Federation, concerned that the sanctions could jeopardize their investments in the world's greatest oil-producing country.

"The sanctions are only implemented if Russian Federation is deemed to have interfered in our election".

Graham and Menendez said in a joint statement that just as Putin has sought to challenge USA power and influence, "The United States must make it abundantly clear that we will defend our nation and not waver in our rejection of his effort to erode Western democracy".

"We hope that will create momentum in the coming days and we'll be joined by more colleagues from both parties who will support this important initiative", - said in a statement, the senators.

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