House Passes Bill Authorizing Additional Sanctions Against Russia, North Korea and Iran

July 26, 2017

After weeks of discussion and procedural uncertainty, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new legislation by a vote of 419–3 that, if enacted into law, will strengthen existing sanctions against Russia and also impose additional sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea. The House bill, approved Tuesday, is very similar to the Senate bill that passed by a 98–2 vote in June (at least with respect to the Iran and Russia measures) with a few key alterations. The bill’s most notable effects are with regard to Russia: in particular, to codify sanctions related to Russia that had been enacted under previous Executive Orders and to require the President to seek congressional approval before easing or terminating sanctions against Russia or undertaking licensing actions that significantly alter U.S. foreign policy toward Russia.

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