The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17-4 for the Taylor Force Act, named after an American military veteran stabbed by a Palestinian in Israel.
Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly denied the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered using cyber warfare methods, has threatened retaliation against the legislation.
US Senator John McCain, 2008 Republican presidential nominee after more than three decades in the Senate, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Seeking to force the Republican hand, Democrats introduced the same legislation which passed the Senate by 98-2 on June 15 but has been stalled ever since.
Senator Cardin said the bill should be passed because of Russian interference in US elections, occupation of Crimea and support of the Syrian government.
The legislation passed the Senate by a nearly unanimous margin two weeks ago, is is held up at the House due to procedural concerns, with the Trump Administration raising complaints about its scope.
InThe Senate decided that efforts to fix US-Russia relations should not be made and that the priority remains to probe the election tampering issue.
Ex FBI director Comey testified that while the president was not under investigation in the Russian probe, he did put pressure on Comey to ‘let it go’.
James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence under Obama, and Sally Yates, who was deputy attorney general, will testify in the Trump-Russia probe.
Some US lawmakers who attended the briefing on North Korea were not convinced that the Trump administration would do enough to control Pyongyang.
The meeting was set for one day after North Korea celebrated a holiday on Tuesday marking the 85th anniversary of the founding of its army.
The FBI, NSA and Obama administration’s officials have been invited to testify into the allegation against Russia of meddling in the 2016 US election.
The long-delayed vote was 97-2 in favour of Montenegro’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
FBI director James Comey and NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers are not expected to reveal much in public about the probes, which include information that is classified ‘top secret’.
Trump denounced intelligence agencies for their assessment that Russia sought to influence the election on his behalf, prompting concerns about his support for them.
Obama’s administration has decided to include a massive report on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in his presidential papers, meaning it may eventually be declassified.
Clinton urged action from both the private and public sectors to combat the false reports.
The pages, which say the involvement of Saudi officials in the 9/11 attacks is unverified, are unlikely to lay rest to suspicions regarding their role in the terror strikes.
While the Obama administration opposes these bills, Republican lawmakers want to use these measures to warn Iran against violating international agreements
US law already generally prohibited American financial institutions from engaging in transactions with North Korean institutions, but the Treasury’s latest actions would impose additional controls.
The bill would block $450 million in aid to Islamabad unless it does more to fight the network, which lawmakers see as a major threat to US forces in Afghanistan.
The White House said President Barack Obama plans to veto the bill.