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Syria Sanctions Bill Advances in Senate After Shutdown Delay

  • Democrats blocked measure during partial government shutdown
  • States could reject business with anyone who boycotts Israel
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The Senate advanced legislation that would impose new sanctions on Syria, more than a month after President Donald Trump said he would withdraw American forces from the conflict there.

The measure would direct the Trump administration to impose sanctions on entities that do business with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, such as selling petroleum products or aircraft parts. It also would let state and local governments refuse to do business with anyone who boycotts Israel.