The Senate passed a bill to further sanction Russia on Wednesday night that will now go to President Trump's desk, setting up a showdown with the White House over relations with Moscow.
Senators voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, 98-2, which could give Congress the authority to block Trump from lifting the sanctions on Russia.
The Senate just voted 98-2 for sanctions against Russia, Iran & North Korea. Provocation from these regimes must not go unanswered.— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) July 27, 2017
Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voted against the bill, which also places new sanctions against North Korea and Iran.
Sanders said he supports sanctioning Russia and North Korea, but worried sanctioning Iran could endanger the nuclear agreement.
Following Trump's comments that he won't recertify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement I worry new sanctions could endanger it.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 27, 2017
Senators agreed to break from their marathon debate over health care to vote on the sanctions bill, demonstrating the bill's strong bipartisan support.
Hours earlier White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN that Trump "may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians."