U.S. Congress Passes Final Sanctions Legislation

28 July 2017
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Key takeaways

  • On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that expands U.S. sanctions against Russia and adopts additional sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
  • If adopted as law, the bill would, among other actions, establish a congressional review process to authorize any changes to existing sanctions against Russia, expand the sectoral sanctions program and authorize secondary sanctions against non-U.S. persons for engaging in certain Russia-related activities.
  • The White House has given no indication whether President Trump will sign the bill or use his veto authority, but there is a strong chance that any veto would be overridden by Congress.