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US Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran and Russia, and setting up a mechanism to force President Donald Trump to get Congress' approval before easing any existing sanctions.

 

As voting continued, the 100-member Senate backed the measure by a margin of 96-2. To become law, it still must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by Trump.