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US lawmakers approve annual defense bill envisaging sanctions against Nord Stream 2

The House of Representatives of the US Congress has adopted the National Defense Authorization Act for the next fiscal year, which obliges the administration to toughen sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream pipeline projects.

The vote was broadcast live by the website of the lower chamber of the US Congress. A total of 295 congressmen supported the $740.5-billion bill, while 125 voted against it.

The next fiscal year in the United States begins on October 1.

The White House has already vowed to veto the document in its present form due to some of its provisions. The US administration is particularly concerned by section 2829, which would require renaming of certain military installations named for figures from the Confederacy.

“It also has serious concerns about provisions of the bill that seek to micromanage aspects of the executive branch’s authority, impose highly prescriptive limitations on the use of funds for Afghanistan, and otherwise constrain the President’s authority to protect national security interests,” the White House said in a statement.

The document is yet to undergo a complicated process of approval. This week, the Senate is yet to approve its own version of the bill. After that, a commission will be convoked to negotiate on details of the two versions.

Once the amended version is ready, it will be put to a vote in both chambers of the US parliament. After that, the document will be submitted to the US president for signing. This process normally continues until fall or early winter.

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