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Vast support for Russia sanctions quashes potential for veto

FILE- In this June 30, 2017, file photo, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White...

FILE- In this June 30, 2017, file photo, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Strong bipartisan support in Congress for Russia sanctions legislation has all but scuttled the potential for President Donald Trump to reject the bill successfully.

The House is set to vote Tuesday on the sanctions package that aims to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. The Senate is expected to act soon after, which means the measure could be sent to Trump before Congress takes its August recess.

Both chambers are positioned to approve the legislation by veto-proof margins.

With those numbers looming, the White House has signaled Trump backs additional sanctions. That would mark a significant shift for Trump. He's repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia sought to tip the election in his favor.