Senate lawmakers may try to pass legislation sanctioning Russia in the coming weeks, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday.
McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor that a bill sanctioning Iran would likely be amended with provisions to sanction Russia. The sanctions would appear to be a response to Russia's meddling in the election, but also for its invasion of Ukraine.
The Senate will vote on whether to advance the underlying Iran sanctions bill today.
"As we consider this bill, we anticipate that amendments addressing Russia sanctions are likely to be offered," McConnell said. "I support that effort."
The amendment will be written by a bipartisan team of lawmakers on the Foreign Relations and Banking Committees, McConnell said.
"There is broad bipartisan support for moving forward on tough sanctions against Russia," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "Russia defied the sovereignty of the Ukraine with the annexation of Crimea; it has been accused of human rights abuses, including the propping up of the brutal Assad regime in Syria, and, of course, the intelligence community has confirmed that Russia interfered with our democracy."