House Overwhelmingly Passes Russia Sanctions Bill
Could be sent to president before Congress' August recess
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2017 5:18 PM CDT
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, following a House GOP Caucus.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – The Republican-led House has decisively approved legislation that hits Russia with additional financial sanctions, the AP reports. The new penalties are aimed at rebuking Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Lawmakers voted 419-3 to pass the bill, which prevents President Trump from waiving the sanctions against Russia without first securing permission from Congress.

The measure now heads to the Senate for action. The bill could be sent to Trump before Congress begins its August recess. The legislation also would slap penalties on Iran and North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Sunday the president would sign the sanctions bill. But on Monday, Sanders said Trump is "going to study that legislation and see what the final product looks like."

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