August 21, 2018 / 6:51 PM / a month ago

U.S. Senate vote on new Russia sanctions unlikely in Sept.-McConnell

WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Legislation warning Russia that it would face heavy U.S. sanctions if it is found interfering in November’s congressional elections will not be voted on anytime soon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday as he also cited his strong interest in such a bill.

Noting an already heavy September Senate floor schedule, McConnell told reporters the chances are “probably pretty slim” that a new Russia sanctions measure would be wedged in. Without promising a vote by the Nov. 6 congressional elections, McConnell added, “We’ll be here longer this year and it would be high on the list for consideration for floor time.” (Reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell Editing by James Dalgleish)

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