The bill was approved on Thursday by 96 votes in favor and two against. If becomes law, the legislation would take punitive measures against Moscow for what Washington called as the Russian meddling during the US presidential election.
“Any idea of the president’s that he can lift sanctions on his own for whatever reason are dashed by this legislation,” top Democrat Chuck Schumer told fellow senators shortly before the vote.
The sanctions target key sectors of Russian economy and those the White House accuses of being behind cyber attacks to sway the election results.
The US senators also passed sanctions on Iran, accusing the Islamic republic of “continued support for terrorism.”