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–AMENDMENT TO TAKE RUSSIA SANCTIONS OUT OF TRUMP’S HANDS ADVANCES: 
The Senate easily voted Wednesday to advance a bipartisan agreement to slap new financial penalties on Russia and let Congress weigh in before President Trump can lift sanctions. Senators voted 97-2 to attach the deal to an Iran sanctions bill currently being debated on the Senate floor. Republican Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulShooting turned GOP baseball practice into ‘killing field’ Overnight Cybersecurity: Russian sanctions deal clears Senate hurdle | How nations rank on internet port security Overnight Defense: Trump to let Pentagon set Afghan troop levels | Senate advances Russia sanctions deal | Mattis to talk missile defense with South Korea MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMike LeeOvernight Cybersecurity: Russian sanctions deal clears Senate hurdle | How nations rank on internet port security Overnight Defense: Trump to let Pentagon set Afghan troop levels | Senate advances Russia sanctions deal | Mattis to talk missile defense with South Korea Senate votes to continue arming Saudis As Yemenis suffer the consequences MORE (Utah) were the only senators to vote against including new Russia penalties in the legislation. The Senate is expected to pass the Iran and Russia sanctions bill as soon as this week. Absent an agreement, the Senate will take another procedural vote on the legislation on Thursday morning. The vote comes after top Republicans held off for months from backing tougher financial penalties in a bid to give the Trump administration space to try to improve the U.S.-Russia relationship, which soured under the Obama administration. But top senators have signaled that talks with Russia over Syria, where Moscow supports Syrian President Bashar Assad, were moving too slowly to warrant holding off on new penalties. “We must take our own side in this fight. Not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Americans. It’s time to respond to Russia’s attack on American democracy with strength, with resolve, with common purpose, and with action,” Sen. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Cybersecurity: Russian sanctions deal clears Senate hurdle | How nations rank on internet port security Overnight Defense: Trump to let Pentagon set Afghan troop levels | Senate advances Russia sanctions deal | Mattis to talk missile defense with South Korea McCain: Trump ‘finally moving forward’ on Afghanistan strategy MORE (R-Ariz.) said ahead of Wednesday’s vote.  The Russia deal would impose new sanctions, including on any individuals tied to “malicious cyber activity,” supplying weapons to Assad’s government or individuals tied to Russia’s intelligence and defense sectors. It would also give Congress 30 days — or 60 days around the August recess — to review and potentially block Trump from lifting or relaxing Russia sanctions; codify the sanctions on Russia imposed by executive order by the Obama administration, and allow the Trump administration to impose new sanctions on sectors of the Russian economy.

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