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The Wall Street Journal: House passes bill hitting Russia with new sanctions

In a rare, overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the House on Tuesday passed new sanctions that would punish Russia, after the U.S. intelligence community concluded that it had sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The measure, which also imposes sanctions on North Korea and Iran, may put Congressional Republicans at odds with President Donald Trump. The president has expressed skepticism about the intelligence community’s assertion about Russian interference and opposes a portion of the bill that the White House infringes on his executive authority.

The House vote was 419 to approve the bill, with just three Republicans voting against it.

The provision the White House has objected to would require the president to consult with Congress before relaxing any sanctions against Moscow or restoring Russia’s control over diplomatic compounds in the U.S.

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