The GOP-controlled House voted almost unanimously to pass a bipartisan bill on Tuesday to limit the Trump administration’s ability to lift sanctions on Russia, a major blow to President Trump.
Three Republicans, Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Jimmy Duncan (Tenn.) and Thomas Massie (Ky.), voted against the sanctions bill, which passed 419-3.
The Trump administration had urged lawmakers to water down the bill’s provisions giving Congress the power to veto the lifting of sanctions.
“This strong oversight is necessary. It is appropriate. After all, it is Congress that the Constitution empowers to regulate commerce with foreign nations,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said.
Trump lacks the votes to block the legislation, given that the House passed the bill with a veto-proof majority, notes The Hill. The bill establishes new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, in addition to Russia.
Under the House-passed bill, existing sanctions on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine and interference in the 2016 election would be codified into law. New sanctions would go into effect against Iran for its ballistic missile development, while North Korea’s shipping industry and people who use slave labor would be targeted amid the isolated nation’s efforts to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The Washington Post reported Tuesday on a new Defense Department estimate that North Korea will be able to field a reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM as early as next year.