Senate votes 98-2 to strengthen Iran sanctions; only Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul vote against

 | Eric Cortellessa 06/16/2017 11:10 AM MDT
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WASHINGTON — The US Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday to strengthen sanctions against Iran for its ballistic missile testing and other non-nuclear provocations.

The bill also included fresh sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in America’s most recent elections and its destabilizing activities around the globe.

Passed by a vote of 98-2, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 would impose new mandatory sanctions against persons and entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and sanctions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The only two senators to vote against the bill Thursday were Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R).

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