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Something Bipartisan is Happening on Capitol Hill Today

As the Senate debates a highly-charged health care bill, the House is expected to take bipartisan action countering Russian and Iranian aggression.

House chamber

Who says Congress can’t come together in bipartisan ways in 2017?

On Tuesday, the House is expected to vote for new sanctions against Iran and Russia in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, after a 98-2 vote in the Senate last month.

Reuters has more on Tuesday’s vote:

An earlier version of the bill, including sanctions on Russia and Iran, passed the Senate by 98-2 on June 15. A North Korea sanctions bill passed the House by 419-1 in May and House lawmakers were becoming increasingly impatient with the Senate’s failure to take up that legislation.

House members saw the Iran and Russia sanctions bill as a chance to finally get the North Korea measure through the Senate.

The only two senators to vote against the sanctions bill in June were Rand Paul (R-KY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

An earlier amendment to that bill had added new sanctions on Russia to what was an Iran-only bill. That amendment passed 97-2, with Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Paul (R-KY) then only “nay” votes.

According to Reuters, it’s unknown whether President Trump – who can’t shake persistent talk that members of his campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election – will sign the bill.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that Trump is undecided on the sanctions bill: