The sanction resolution of minority leader Chuck Schumer, who claimed 60 votes to continue, was defeated in a 57-42 vote. Vermont independent since Bernie Sanders missed the vote.
According to a sanctions law of 201
Wednesday's vote came one day after Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin went to Capitol Hill in an attempt to ease Republican Senator's concerns about the sanction plan. He failed to convince the 11 Republicans who collapsed with majority leader Mitch McConnell later Tuesday to vote with Democrats on Schumeros resolution.
"It sends the wrong message to Russia and to the oligarch – a closely related Mr Putin, Oleg Deripaska – who in my judgment will continue to maintain significant control under the finance minister's plan," said Susan Collins of Maine, one of Republicans, who voted with Democrats, after the first vote.
The Trump administration claimed that sanctions were first abrogated when the Ministry of Finance reached agreement with the companies diluting Deripasa's ownership and limiting its influence on the voting shares he gave up under the agreement.