How the GOP ‘sides with Trump in fight over Russia sanctions

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would extend a Russian sanctions relief measure by six months while allowing the administration to negotiate a deal with the Kremlin.

Sen. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinThis week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Flake rejects idea of using federal funds to support Dem candidates Flake: Kavanaugh could be confirmed within days MORE (D-W.

Va.), the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the bill was a “victory for the American people.”

The bill is intended to make sure that we don’t have to go back to the brink again and it will give us a chance to start moving on the agreement with the Russians,” Manchin said.

The Senate voted 50-45 along party lines to pass the bill Wednesday.

The bill would allow the administration and Congress to negotiate with the Russian government on easing sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea.

It also provides $1 billion in aid for Ukraine in exchange for the Kremlin’s cooperation on fighting the Ukrainian insurgency.

The House of Representatives passed a similar measure in March but President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan Paul Davis RyanHouse GOP group cuts ties with Trump over Rosenstein firing The Hill’s Morning Report — Historic, high-stakes day for Kavanaugh and Ford MORE (R-Wis.) both voted against it.