Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump-backed challenger to Cheney decried him as 'racist,' 'xenophobic' in 2016: report State Department spokesperson tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers fret over wild week of deadlines MORE (R-S.C.) is pledging to try to attach a stalled Russia sanctions proposal to a separate bill tightening financial penalties against Iran.
A bipartisan group of senators, including McCain and Graham, introduced legislation earlier this year that would impose new sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the U.S. presidential election as well as ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
They're also backing legislation that would require congressional oversight before Trump lifted Russia sanctions tied to Ukraine. Both bills have stalled in the Foreign Relations Committee.
Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters on Tuesday that he wanted to give the administration time to determine the "trajectory" of U.S.-Russia relations, which he said are at an "all time low."
"We can take it to a lower level by adding sanctions. That you know might make us feel good, but that's not an outcome that I think is good for our country," he told reporters.
Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinLawmakers say innovation, trade rules key to small business gains The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks House Democrat: Staff is all vaccinated 'because they don't like to be dead' MORE (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, also told reporters last week that there wasn't as much urgency behind the bill requiring Congress to sign off before Trump lifts sanctions, though he stressed he still supports the proposal.
Instead, Corker signaled that lawmakers could move an Iran sanctions bill in the current Senate work period, which runs through the end of May.
Senators, including Corker and Cardin, introduced a bipartisan Iran sanctions bill earlier this year that would expand financial penalties targeting Iran's ballistic missile development, support for terrorism any transfer of weapons and human rights violations.
Graham would have the ability to try to attach Russia sanctions once it gets to the floor unless Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push On The Money — GOP blocks spending bill to kick off chaotic week in congress Overnight Health Care — Presented by Alrtia — Booster shots get bipartisan rollout MORE (R-Ky.) uses the Senate's rulebook to clamp down on amendments.