The Senate voted today on legislation by Chuck Schumer to block Trump from lifting sanctions on three Russian companies. But the legislation failed the filibuster vote by a vote of 57-42.
DC EXAMINER – The Senate on Wednesday batted down an attempt by Democrats to prevent the Trump administration from lifting sanctions imposed on three Russian companies.
Republicans blocked a resolution authored by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that would have prevented Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin from delisting three companies associated with sanctioned oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
The resolution required 60 votes to advance to a final vote, and on Wednesday, it fell just short in a 57-42 vote. It had the backing of 11 Republicans, but a few more were needed to clear the hurdle.
Democrats were only three votes shy of getting past the filibuster, which means they had Republican help. Here are the names of the 11 Republicans that voted with Democrats:
- Boozman (R-AR)
- Collins (R-ME)
- Cotton (R-AR)
- Daines (R-MT)
- Gardner (R-CO)
- Hawley (R-MO)
- Kennedy (R-LA)
- McSally (R-AZ)
- Moran (R-KS)
- Rubio (R-FL)
- Sasse (R-NE)
Here is more on the action by the Trump administration that Democrats and 11 Republicans wanted to stop:
Democrats claimed a small victory Tuesday when the nearly one dozen Republicans helped the party advance the sanctions measure by a simple majority, a move that was considered a rebuke of the Trump administration that underscored the long-held belief by many Democrats that he is too cozy to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Schumer called the move to lift the sanctions “a kiss-up to Putin,” but Mnuchin, who met privately with GOP lawmakers Tuesday, said the companies are legally entitled to be relieved of sanctions because they followed the rules to have them lifted, and are no longer associated with Deripaska.
“We put together an agreement that we think meets the laws and the requirements to delist them,” Mnuchin said.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., criticized Democrats for bringing up the measure at all, and said Treasury is following the law.
I suspect McConnell only allowed the vote because he knew it would fail. Still it’s interesting to see who opposes Trump lifting these sanctions. But don’t get used to the bipartisanship. I doubt we’ll see it much in the Senate for most legislation, at least past the normal few who love to show off their true RINO colors.