Senate Overwhelmingly Approves New Sanctions To "Punish" Russia

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved new sanctions to punish Russia for "meddling" in the 2016 election.

The bipartisan legislation, which passed with an overwhelming 97-2 vote, slaps new sanctions on Russia and restricts President Trump from easing them in the future without first receiving congressional approval. The only two senators to vote against the measure were Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY), while Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) abstained. 

Known as the Crapo Amendment, after Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the measure was endorsed by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and ranking member Ben Cardin (D-Maryland). The deal was attached to an Iran sanctions bill that is expected to pass later this week. While top Republican senators had initially wanted to give the White House space to try improving U.S.-Russia relations, but ultimately decided talks with Russia have been moving too slowly.

The sanctions against Russia are “in response to the violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyber-attacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria,” according to the deal's sponsors.

The amendment also allows “broad new sanctions on key sectors of Russia’s economy, including mining, metals, shipping and railways” and authorizes “robust assistance to strengthen democratic institutions and counter disinformation across Central and Eastern European countries that are vulnerable to Russian aggression and interference.”

New sanctions would be imposed on “corrupt Russian actors” and those “involved in serious human rights abuses,” anyone supplying weapons to the Syrian government or working with Russian defense industry or intelligence, as well as “those conducting malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government” and “those involved in corrupt privatization of state-owned assets.”

The biggest neocon in Congress, John McCain, was delighted with the outcome: “We must take our own side in this fight. Not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Americans,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) before the vote. “It’s time to respond to Russia’s attack on American democracy with strength, with resolve, with common purpose, and with action.”

As AP adds, lawmakers took action against Russia in the absence of a forceful response from President Donald Trump. While the president has sought to improve relations with Moscow and rejected the implication that Russian hacking of Democratic emails tipped the election his way, non-stop "anonymous sources" have repeatedly leaked "news" to the NYT and WaPo, suggesting Trump colluded with Russia and/or was being probed by the FBI. Following Comey's testimony, which confirmed there is no "there" there, the media attacks against Trump have shifted, and now accuse the president of obstruction of justice and interference with the FBI's investigation into Mike Flynn.

Speaking earlier on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said told reporters the Kremlin will hold out with its reaction until the U.S. decides on new sanctions against Russia.

“We wouldn’t like to enter this sanctions spiral again. But that’s not our choice.”  Indeed, and with the US having made Russia's choice for them, we now look for Moscow's response.

Incidentally, earlier this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers that US allies around the world had asked Washington to improve relations with Russia, and warned that further measures against Moscow could hinder ongoing progress in the fight against terrorism in Syria.

“I have yet to have a bilateral, one-on-one, a poolside conversation with a single counterpart in any country: in Europe, Middle East, even South-East Asia, that has not said to me: please, address your relationship with Russia, it has to be improved,” Tillerson said on Tuesday, testifying before the Senate appropriations subcommittee about the proposed State Department budget.

Unfortunately, for the US Military Industrial Complex, which stands to profit only in times of (near) war, a detente with Russia, or any other nation for that matter, is not an option.

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SHsparx's picture

Rand should have been POTUS.

Pinto Currency's picture

Russia needs to ship its palladium because London's metal market is gone sideways without it (and the bond market will dump):

Drimble Wedge's picture

Is this anything like kicking the dog when Grandma Koufax farts?

HockeyFool's picture

Can we sanction democrats? Tar and feather them? Bind and gag them? That all sounds like more fun to me.

USisCorrupt's picture

Tell me again why Hillary is not in JAIL?

Got The Wrong No's picture

The vote was 97-2. So the Republicans are also saying the Russians hacked the Election. Trump doesn't have a chance. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

Win, lost or stolen Election.

The Criminal Deep State & its Minions aka CONgress were going "all in" with the whole Russia PsyOp.

Punishing Russia for Defeating I CIA SIS & instrumental player in The Silk Road.

French Bloke's picture

No - he has every chance. We will see the charade of Trump hating continue to the end of his term purely because he is now a useful idiot - just like most POTUS. It's all a game... God bless Kennedy.

subversion's picture

They will have their war with Russia. The Rothschilds demand it.

Secret Weapon's picture

And our oil companies need it.

Zorba's idea's picture

What exactly is the end goal for the Congressional whores and their masters...eliminating Russia's influence in the ME in order to squeeze the last few drops out of the Petro Dollar?

Zorba's idea's picture

Can't do the DC two step without both embedded parties..

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

And Neocons! Particularly Neocons. Satan's spawn.

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

Just the democrats??  I'd also include the 50 republicans that voted yes on this and the 2 so-called "independents".

P.S.  Fuck you Tulsi Gabbard!!  You don't give a shit about Syrians or their fight against ISIS.  Your "fact-finding" mission to Syria was nothing more than a PR stunt.  You're a liar and a fraud.

Gonzogal's picture

You might want to hold off on your anger against Ms Gabbard!

This law was passed in the SENATE....Tulsi Gabbard is in the House of Representatives and will have a chance to vote for or against it once it is sent to the HOUSE and not before!!!

This reply is given to you by someone who is NOT American nor living in the US!

ZeroIntelligence's picture

Imagine if countries that had elections tampered by USCIAFBI slapped sanctions on US for a change.  Wouldn't that be KOORAAZZYY?!

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Article Title: Senate Overwhelmingly Approves New Sanctions To "Punish" Russia

\The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved new sanctions to punish Russia for "meddling" in the 2016 election. The bipartisan legislation, which passed with in a 97-2 vote, slaps new sanctions on Russia and restricts President Trump from easing them in the future without first receiving congressional approval.

My Response: NOT GOOD!!! I really hate where this is headed!!!!!!!

In a society where all lies, all deceptions, all corruptions are accepted, that society will lose control of everything. Chaos will begin to take over, and the only way that chaos will be slowed down will be when dictatorial control, or maybe even a police state is formed, where thought and behavior is fixed, and anybody out of bounds is punished. Eventually, the chaos has to be controlled. We’re not headed toward socialism; we could very well be headed toward a dictatorship in our world. Is this hard to grasp?

Remember the America that was, some of you? This is not a Christian nation; there’s no such thing. It never has been a Christian nation. Even the founding fathers of America were not true Christians but they did understand that Christianity was a fixed necessity because it established divine law; and when people knew that this was law from God, it controlled their behavior. Biblical ethics, biblical patterns of morality were honored, respected, and expected. Marriage, family, virtue, work, relationships, success were all connected to noble ideals that are found in Scripture. That’s long gone and unlikely to ever appear in the lifetime of anybody reading this because evil men just get worse and worse.

Raffie's picture

NJo proof so why they doing this again?

webmatex's picture

They do it again because they do not understand that Russia and others are entirely unaffected by the egoistic hot swamp gas of the dying DC empire - the just don't give a fuck!.

This means NOTHING like everthing else they do.

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

I think, and hope, that you are correct, otherwise they (Russia) should simply nuke you. Justifiable, and no more than you stinking terrorists deserve.

land_of_the_few's picture

It's because actually it was them and their representatives that did everything on their little list, so they have to cover up the abject failure of those ops by blaming some foreigners. They won't sanction China for the fun of it like this, because iPhone.

Bigly's picture

Yes, maybe if his balls were a little bigger...he kind of folded like a house of cards in the primary.

To go up against the deep state, you can only go full retard with a laser focused plan, surrounded by friendlies. 


serotonindumptruck's picture

Rand Paul wants power and influence, just like all of the traitors in Wash DC.

If he were my son, I'd disown him and strike his name from my family tree.

Drimble Wedge's picture

Didn't he get capped on the baseball field this morning?

Got The Wrong No's picture

2 weeker, would you have made that stupid remark if it had been a Dem that was capped????

It was a Dem who was the shooter. I bet he made you proud. 

FoggyWorld's picture

Rand Paul has a higher IQ than any ten of his "peers."

serotonindumptruck's picture

He obviously uses it to good effect by deceiving his constituents that he is even remotely like his father.

Singelguy's picture

And a boat load of your own cash.

mary mary's picture

Hopefully, his day will come.

Full Court Lugenpresse's picture

They'd have done the same to him. Trump should definitely listen to him on foreign policy, but the fact is the MIC is exerting MASSIVE pressure in that arena.

FoggyWorld's picture

Cutest recent trick is MacMaster just hired one of Susan Rice's closest assistants to work for him!    Is anyone home at the WH?

Got The Wrong No's picture

I think at this point we can safely say they got to Trump. All it would take is a threat to his family. 

Dr.Vannostrand's picture

Why is it so difficult to fathom that a NYC billionaire may just be part of "they" and this is all an act? 

Got The Wrong No's picture

The Dem the deep state, the Media and now the Republicans by the look of this vote are all trying to Impeach him.  What reality are you living in? 

Up voting yourself is part of your reality. LMAO

Dr.Vannostrand's picture

Reality is Ron Paul being completely ignored by media, deep state, dems etc while running for prez. You should stick around here a little longer, learn, and not talk so much.

Never have upvoted myself, don't need that type of self-affirmation. Come back with a coherant retort, your schtick is bigly sad. 

Got The Wrong No's picture

What the fuck are you babbling about? I was talking about Trump.


You just up voted yourself again ass hole

Dr.Vannostrand's picture

Just as I suspected. Carry on zionist. 

Got The Wrong No's picture

Still babbling stupid Moronic Shit, How pray tell am I a Zionist?  


N0TME's picture

Is anyone home at the WH?


Apparently not!

francis scott falseflag's picture

It's called 'deep state' now.  Get with it!

Zorba's idea's picture

Lets be honest, POTUS's are merely window dressing, The MIC et.,al. rules.

meditate_vigorously's picture

If you think there is a single person in the US Congress that is anything less than an corrupted criminal, I have bridges to sell you.

stinkopower's picture

Bernie Sanders isn't corrupt. Now, how much one of them there bridges?

doctor10's picture

Who woulda thunk the Pubbies would EVA get the supreme, once in a lifetime political gift of the liberal Democrat Party makin out so publically and loudly like Joe McCarthy?!!

A real red-blooded American party chair would know exactly how to make hay outta that!!!

Ya know once you get past the "Russians are comin" nonsense of the Democrats there is some serious shit they're scared to hell about seein' the light of day.

The Stupid Party blows it

The Wizard's picture

I am a big Rand fan, however, The Don has the personality and gonads to do what needs to be done.

Robert David Steele and George Webb

If The Don is using an Art of War strategy, coming out and telling the American public what he is doing goes against the grain of Sun Tzu. Steele et al. should continue to move forward with what he and others are doing to expose the Ultra Virepers. The time will come.

veritas semper vinces's picture
Quod erat demonstrandum regarding republicans/democrats being the same party,also all presidents following same policy. There is no difference ,people.We have one party,the party of the banking zionist cartel,with their big corporation and their MIC,protected by Pentagon/CIA/FBI/NSA and NGOs and with their PR=MSM,Hollywood.It does not matter who the president is,he/she will follow the same policy run by the zionists.

Voting will not change anything.