"The war is not meant to be won.
It is meant to be continuous."
- Russia's great "crime" is to support Syria against CIA armed Islamists.
- Republicans and Democrats both want to re-start a Cold War with Russia in order to distract the mouth-breather Sheeple voters from real issues like 1984 spying, open borders and the shrinking middle class.
- The GOP EAGERLY beats the phony Russia was involved in U.S. elections drum.
(RT News) - A measure codifying into law the US sanctions against Russia was approved in the Senate by a veto-proof majority of 97 to 2. The amendment requires congressional review before any sanctions are lifted, and allows for new ones.
Amendment 232 has been attached to Bill 722 imposing sanctions against Iran, which the Senate is currently debating.
Known as the Crapo Amendment, after Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the measure was endorsed by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and ranking member Ben Cardin (D-Maryland).
The sanctions against Russia are “in response to the violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyber-attacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria,” according to the sponsors.
Under the amendment, any executive sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration cannot be lifted without congressional review.
The amendment also allows “broad new sanctions on key sectors of Russia’s economy, including mining, metals, shipping and railways” and authorizes “robust assistance to strengthen democratic institutions and counter disinformation across Central and Eastern European countries that are vulnerable to Russian aggression and interference.”
Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) voted against the amendment, while Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) abstained.Read More . . . .