"The U.S. Senate voted 97-2 on Wednesday to turn existing sanctions on Russia into law. If passed by the House and not vetoed by the White House, the move would serve as a check against President Donald Trump lifting those that are already in place.
The Russian sanctions language was an amendment attached to a bill sanctioning Iran over its ballistic missile program and terrorism sponsorship — meaning Trump would have to veto a more aggressive posture toward Iran if he were to veto the new Russia sanctions.
Administration officials, led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, sought to convince lawmakers not to codify the Russia sanctions, since that could remove some of the administration’s diplomatic maneuvering room. The overall legislation could pass the Senate as early as Thursday. It’s unclear when it would become law, though — it must still clear the House.
The threat of a White House veto won’t scare the Senate, since there’s clearly a veto-proof majority, but could force the House to try to soften some of the provisions in its companion bill."
The full article can be found by clicking on the link below.http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/14/senate-overwhelmingly-approves-fresh-russia-sanctions/