Senate Overwhelmingly Approves New Sanctions To "Punish" Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

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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N0TME's picture

Rand Paul/Trey Gowdy 2020!


Rand Paul/Tulsi Gabbard 2020


Rand Paul/Dennis Kuccinch 2020



SmittyinLA's picture

Rand is product like Robocop, a US Senator empty suit that thinks he's a peon Congressman, a pussy

Rand is a pussy, 2nd Gen politician

Bigly's picture

Give me a break!

They have 50 things to review before this Russia nonsense...

Pinto Currency's picture

PLease pardon the multiple posts - my computer went ape.

Drimble Wedge's picture

You should send it to Baltimore or Chicago where it'll feel right at home.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Blame it on the Russians. Everybody else does. 

ZeroIntelligence's picture

I wonder if US citizens overwhelmingly approve of these sanctions.............

Endgame Napoleon's picture

I don't. They have not even told us why they know that Russia interfered with the election, as opposed to leaks interfering with the election. Even if they did interfere, foreign policy issues of any kind other than protecting Westerners against terrorist mass murders did not alter the outcome of the election. It was bread-and-butter issues that won it for Trump, along with resistance to the multiculturalist bashing by the ism patrol, which is really just an agressive form of snobbery.

chunga's picture

These people are all depraved.

Got The Wrong No's picture

"They have not even told us why they know that Russia interfered with the election"

Weapons of mass destruction

Assad gassed his own people

There was 1 shooter in Dallas

Building 7 fell because of the planes

We are fighting ISIS

The list goes on and on..........

Truth is just a technicality  

Chupacabra-322's picture

The "Spoofing" or Digital Finger Print & Parallel Construction tools that can be used against Governments, Individuals, enemies & adversaries are Chilling.

The CIA can not only hack into anything -- they can download any "evidence" they want onto your phone or computer.  Child pornography, national secrets, you name it.  Then they can blackmail you, threatening prosecution for whatever crap they have planted, then "found" on your computer.    They can also "spoof" the source of such downloads -- for instance, if they want to "prove" that something on your computer (or Donald Trump's computer) came from a "Russian source"  -- they can spoof the IP address of a Russian source.

The take-away:  no digital evidence the CIA or NSA produces on any subject whatsoever can be trusted.  No digital evidence should be acceptable in any case where the government has an interest, because they have the complete ability to fabricate and implant any evidence on any iphone or computer.  And worse:  they have intentionally created these digital vulnerabilities and pushed them onto the whole world via Microsoft and Google.    

Government has long been at war with liberty, claiming that we need to give up liberty to be secure.  Now we learn that they have been deliberately sabotaging our security, in order to augment their own power.  Time to shut down the CIA and all the other spy agencies.  They're not keeping us free OR secure, and they're doing it deliberately.  Their main function nowadays seems to be lying us into wars against countries that never attacked us, and had no plans to do so.

The Echelon Computer System Catch Everything
The Flagging goes to Notify the Appropriate Alphabet,,,...Key Words Phrases...Algorithms,...It all gets sucked up and chewed on and spat out to the surmised computed correct departments...That simple.

Effective immediately defund, Eliminate & Supeona it's Agents, Officials & Dept. Heads in regard to the Mass Surveillance, Global Espionage Spying network & monitoring of a President Elect by aforementioned Agencies & former President Obama, AG Lynch & DIA James Clapper.

medium giraffe's picture


Jesus Fucking Christ.

bshirley1968's picture

Jesus has nothihg to do with it, dickhead.

I am going to be there the day you bow and call Him Lord.  

medium giraffe's picture



I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Drimble Wedge's picture

I think he's pissed because you forgot to mention hotplates or popsicle sticks.

bshirley1968's picture

Well, since He was's a tough act to follow.

Gandhi is disappointed with his lame excuse about right now.  I wouldn't advise making the same mistake.

medium giraffe's picture

Come on, you seriously believe all that bullshit they made up in Nicea? 

Some cosmic Jewish zombie named after Krishna spouting plagiarised Greek ethics, and his Pappy, a carbon copy of a Babylonian war god?

If anything the bible is a mystery text with first class idiot proofing.   The fuck do you think all of that star of Bethlehem shit was really about?

Do you know anything about where your own religion comes from? 

How fucking gullible are you people?


chunga's picture

Whether all that stuff if true or not is up for debate I suppose.

One thing for sure, the forces of evil are cleaning house and the meek are likely to inherit crabs and ice water.

medium giraffe's picture

I guess 'meek' was the Aramaic word for 'irradiated cockroaches'.

bshirley1968's picture

Look shitface,  your knowledge of homespun bullshit might impress the self deluded sheeple you run with, but you couldn't tell me jack shit.  Your stupidity is thick.  I love the way you arrogant pricks read something that backs up what you want to believe and all of a sudden everyone else is stupid.......cause you read a book.  Well I've read a book or two in my wouldn't like them......I've also read the books you've read. .....difference between me and you is I can discern Truth and you won't let go of your lie.

Try reading something other than the shit that strokes the warm fuzzy spot in your brain.  Then try looking for the Truth instead of what you want to believe. 

Knock yourself out, Baby.  What do you have left?  30 maybe 40 years if your "lucky".  Tick took tick tock, bitch.  Jesus is just around the corner.  You can tell Him how stupid I was when you see Him.

Peak Bull's picture

You really shouldn't let a few phrases get to you like that. Are you planning on fighting the entire world? It is like you have built your straw house on the beach, and are punching every wave as the tide comes in.

medium giraffe's picture

lol, triggered.  it's "you're", not "your", btw.


"I love the way you arrogant pricks read something that backs up what you want to believe and all of a sudden everyone else is stupid"

oh, the irony.

Sy Kloine Bee's picture

97-2 should prove that there is no difference between parties when it comes to Israel-related foreign policy.

Bigly's picture

^^^This is a true statement


JLee2027's picture

and never will be any difference because Israel is protected by GOD. 

Hata Mari's picture

To the 97 Senators who voted for this - remove the 'R' or 'D' from next to your name and add 'T' - the Traitor Party.

Trump was moving too slowly ... puhleez! Ya'll hog-tied his hands behind his back with all your 'muh Russia' bullshit.

Just goes to show, the nation that was 'of the people, for the people and by the people' is no more.

Alas, America. You were beautiful while you lasted.

roadhazard's picture

So much for Pootin saying, "We didn't do nuttin'."

mary mary's picture

Percentage of Senators with pair of balls sinks to record low of 3%.

lulu34's picture

Ship of effen fools . Thsi will hurt all of us. Even Sen McLaime.

Stan522's picture

How many here get the feeling the dem's are only behind this because it helps carry their narrative that Trump colluded with Russia and the republican's are behind this because they are weak kneed and LAZY thinkers on dealing with political strategy.......?

FoggyWorld's picture

Members of both parties are extremely well compensated by the MIC.   Hope their kids are forced onto the front lines.

Blazing in BC's picture

Wives and all relatives, I'm they will also lead by example...they must.

shovelhead's picture

It's worse than that.

Much worse.

Bigly's picture


They are all compromised in some way including massive pedo scandals

Laughinggrizzley's picture

The "Crap Amendment", sounds fitting.

Peak Finance's picture

I am sure some asshole with a gun on a ballfield eariler today would have approved. 


aliens is here's picture

I feel bad for the Russians. SA killed 3000 Americans on 9/11 and we still treats them like nothing happened. The world is a mess up place.

VK's picture

More like false flag was planned in the USSA. With full approval of the Bush state. SA is the bedrock of Americas wealth, petrodollar and all. Israel is the brains of the operation.

PhilofOz's picture

SA?!! Pffffft! Look again at a country close by that did all the ground-work for that one!

trulz4lulz's picture



Who were the 2? Tulsi Gabbard and Rand Paul? So we only have 2 actually American citizens in whatever branch of alleged "gevernment" just voted on this, 2 Americans and 97 Israelis? Fucking unreal.

David Wooten's picture

Mike Lee and Rand Paul.  Tulsi Gabbard is in the House.

trulz4lulz's picture

hizzuh! Then there is HOPE! Thats 3 Americans and hundreds of Israelis, controlling America...we been subverted. Whatever plan it is they want to take us on, is happening, there is no stopping it. There is no alternative to war with Russia, India, China and pakistan and north korea....and south america....sooo...yeah...should turn out really well for us.

HominyTwin's picture

Rand Paul was one, yes. Tulsi serves in the house.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

And they helped us win WWII. We forgave Japan after Pearl Harbor and horrible treatment of US soldiers on that death march. Makes no sense.

ClickNLook's picture


Wasn't it the Eastern Front, which broke Hitler's back?

Stinkytofu's picture

nah, the loss of 100+ divisions on the eastern front

front had nothing to do with it.


it was the 6 divisions of grampas and 14yo boys the 'merkans had

to slice through that brought down herr schickelgruber.


much like claiming to have "whupped the kayser" single-handed

for the ingrateful surrender monkeys after their 2 years of

trench warfare.

veritas semper vinces's picture

USSR won WWII,70% of Hitler's army was destroyed by them. Jewmerica came late and claimed victory bc better PR