Rick Scott sides with Trump on lifting Russian Federation sanctions; Marco Rubio doesn't

Senate rejects resolution to block President Trump from lifting sanctions on Russia

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic effort to keep sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, ending what was the most aggressive congressional pushback so far on the Trump administration's foreign policy toward Russia.

"I do disapprove of the easing of the sanctions because I think it sends the wrong message to Russian Federation and to the oligarch - a close ally of Mr. Putin, Oleg Deripaska - who will in my judgment continue to maintain considerable control under the Treasury's plan", Collins told reporters after casting her vote.

At issue is a December announcement from the Treasury Department that the USA would lift sanctions on the companies linked to Deripaska -Russian aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal, EN+ Group and the Russian power company JSC EuroSibEnergo.

Senate aides said Treasury officials had approached senators and staff repeatedly in recent days to argue that it was appropriate to lift the sanctions because Deripaska had agreed to cut back his controlling stakes. Rubio, though, said that wasn't enough.

Yet Democrats said they remained anxious about Mr. Deripaska's ongoing involvement and said they wanted to send a signal to Mr. Trump.

Scott did not comment on the vote.

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Eleven Republicans broke ranks with party leadership and the Trump administration by voting with Democrats to advance the measure, but it failed to garner the necessary 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. "I'm extremely disappointed that many of my Republican colleagues are too afraid of breaking with President Trump to stand up to a thug". The sanctions on the company spurred demand for Chinese metal.

Congress had until Friday to vote to block the sanctions relief.

Treasury's decision to lift the sanctions came after a months-long lobbying effort from the companies and EN+ Group chairman Lord Barker of Battle, a member of the British House of Lords.

Mnuchin's House briefing came after seven new Democratic chairmen called him in, one of the first moves of the new Democratic House to scrutinize Trump's actions related to Russian Federation.

At the time that it made a decision to relieve sanctions on Deripaska, the Treasury Department issued a statement arguing that its new policies toward Deripaska did not constitute lifting sanctions.

Backers of the resolution of disapproval said it was too soon to ease sanctions, given Russia's continuing aggression in Ukraine, the finding by USA intelligence that Moscow interfered in the 2016 United States election to boost Trump, and Russia's support for the Syrian government in that country's civil war.

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