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

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

The vote was 57-42, but it needed 60 yeas to end debate, and so fell short. In the House, there were 136 Republicans who supported the resolution and 53 who opposed.

The Trump administration pushed Republican lawmakers not to support the resolution introduced by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, which would have prevented the administration from lifting the sanctions.

The U.S. sanctioned Deripaska and other Russians in 2018 for "attempts to subvert Western democracy".

According to the agreement struck with Treasury, Deripaska's stake in EN+ Group was reduced from 70 percent to 45 percent, and he could only vote 35 percent of his shares.

He added, "There are some legitimate concerns about whether the sanctions regime is tough enough to hold people like Oleg Deripaska from basically retaining control over this company".

"Nothing has changed in the Kremlin's behavior to warrant the relaxation of these sanctions". Democrats complained that Treasury announced its decision on December 19, and they haven't had sufficient time to review the deal between the holidays and the organising of a new Congress.

Congress has the power to reject any lessening of sanctions on Russian Federation, but only if it has enough votes.

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In pushing for the sanctions to be enforced, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said, "For a very long time, the Republican Party predicated its foreign policy on taking a tougher line against Russian Federation and Putin". John Boozman (Ark.), Susan Collins (Maine), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Steve Daines (Mont.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), John Kennedy (La.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), and Ben Sasse (Neb.) - broke with their party and voted to advance the measure.

"Forty-two Republican senators chose today to stand with Vladimir Putin", Schumer said in a statement.

One of the firms, aluminum company Rusal, recently installed a board chairman who has backed the controversial Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 that got Deripaska sanctioned in the first place, The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday. The effort that was aided by former Louisiana GOP Sen David Vitter and his firm, Mercury LLC.

No House Republicans spoke on the House floor in favor of the Trump administration's decision.

Texas Rep Mike McCaul, the top Republican on House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Treasury Department's case was "not very compelling". "I have always felt we have to be tough on the Russians", Schumer said.

"We respect different views in U.S. on sanctions, but our focus has always been on protecting jobs and livelihoods in Ireland and European Union", he said on Twitter.

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