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House Approves Russia Sanctions

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The following is an excerpt from JOHN PARKINSON JOHN VERHOVEK | July 25, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |

The House of Representatives today passed sweeping sanctions that punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors.

The legislation passed by a count of 419-3, sending a strong bipartisan message to the White House that Congress will maintain its check on power over President Donald Trump.

“The multitude of threats posed to our national security by Iran, Russia, and North Korea cannot be understated,” Speaker Paul Ryan noted following the vote. “These bad actors have long sought to undermine the United States and disrupt global stability. Our job in Congress is to hold them accountable. The bill we just passed with overwhelming bipartisan support is one of the most expansive sanctions packages in history. It tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe.”

Three Republicans -- Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, John Duncan of Tennessee and Thomas Massie of Kentucky -- voted against the measure.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where an earlier version passed behind another bipartisan tally 98-2.

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