A group of bipartisan senators are reportedly pressing to stiffen sanctions on Russia – and also demand that Congress have the final say if President Donald Trump decides to weaken them.
According to CNN, GOP South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin are introducing legislation Wednesday to impose congressional oversight and veto power over the Trump administration if it seeks to ease sanctions on Moscow.
Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is cosponsoring the Graham-Cardin measure, along with Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Republican John McCain of Arizona.
"I think if there was a real threat of lifting sanctions minus the respect for Ukrainian sovereignty and meeting those conditions, my sense is that we would have the votes to pass that in the Senate and we would be able to pass it with a veto-proof majority," Rubio told CNN.
Meanwhile, a dozen senators are lobbying members to endorse a separate bill to impose a comprehensive set of sanctions against Russia, CNN reported.
It is uncertain when votes over the bills could take place, CNN reported.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, who would schedule the votes, has been a sharp Putin critic, CNN reported.
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