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>> The Kremlin Wednesday calling a vote for new US sanctions against Moscow quote sad news, deeming the latest bipartisan effort in the Congress extremely unfriendly, but adding President Putin won't retaliate until it becomes law. The House Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the bill which also proposes sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
Reuters editor Karen Bowen.>> This is a very big setback for President Trump's promise to improve relations with Russia. Russian meddling in the election is a very big issue in this whole debate about the sanctions bill because even Republicans in Congress wanna make sure that President Trump doesn't ease sanctions on Russia at a time when people are very concerned about Russian meddling in the election.
>> Lawmakers in the House want to punish Russia for allegedly interfering in the 2016 US Presidential race and for annexing Crimea in 2014. They also want to limit the President's ability to roll back these sanctions. Now it's down to the Senate.>> It's likely that the bill will pass the Senate, but there are differences to be worked out.
One of the differences in the House bill is they added North Korea to the list of countries that would be sanctioned.>> But Senate leaders have not yet revealed when they are going to vote on the sanctions. The White House says Trump has not yet decided whether he will even sign the bill.