Senate to vote on new Iran sanctions
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE is turning the Senate toward passing tougher Iran sanctions, potentially renewing a fight over financial penalties against Russia. 

The Kentucky Republican teed up a procedural vote for Wednesday on the Iran Destabilizing Activities Act. If lawmakers drag out debate on the legislation, a final vote could take place as late as Thursday evening. 
 
The Iran legislation has broad bipartisan support after months of negotiations and easily cleared the Foreign Relations Committee in late May. It would expand sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile development, support for terrorism any transfer of weapons and human rights violations. 
 
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But the bill could restart a stalled battle over imposing new financial penalties on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election, as well as ongoing conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. 
 
 
"I'm glad we're doing something on Iran [sanctions], but if the bill comes out of committee on the floor I'm going to add Russian sanctions to it. Try to anyway," Graham told reporters
 
Graham has introduced a bill that would give Congress the chance to block Trump from lifting sanctions against Moscow. He's also part of a group of bipartisan senators who are backing legislation that would slap new penalties against Russia. 
 
The GOP senator would need to get a deal to allow for a vote on adding Russia penalties to the Iran sanctions bill. 
 
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Graham is not a member of, could also take up a Russia sanctions bill as soon as this summer, which could take pressure off of the Iran sanctions legislation. 
 
Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 K.T. McFarland officially withdrawn as nominee for ambassador K.T. McFarland withdraws as nominee for ambassador MORE (R-Tenn.) said during a meeting late last month that the committee would take up new financial penalties unless Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can show progress in U.S.-Russian negotiations over Syria, where Moscow supports Syrian President Bashar Assad.
 
Corker is speaking to Tillerson on Monday evening. Asked if he would get an update on Russia sanctions, he told reporters "I will likely be discussing issues relative to Russia."