Republican senator dismisses procedural claims on Russian Federation sanctions bill

Republican senator dismisses procedural claims on Russian Federation sanctions bill

The American people deserve the truth about Russia's personal, political and financial grip on President Trump.

But House Democrats announced they would introduce their own version of the bill Wednesday, in an attempt to overcome delays to the Senate-passed version that they blame on the Trump White House. The officials said the provision would infringe on the president's executive authority, according to an aide knowledgeable of the discussions.

As President Donald Trump's administration struggles with an escalating investigation over charges his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, bipartisan sanctions legislation slapping new restrictions on Russia's government remains stalled on Capitol Hill.

Have House Republicans made a decision to act on the overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate bill - or are they just getting pushed into it by House Democrats at a very tricky political moment?

Speaker Ryan said the House looked forward to moving on the bill to limit Russian power.

Once the legislation went to the lower chamber, the House Ways and Means Committee held it on the charge that it could be a "blue slip" violation - running afoul of the origination clause requiring revenue-generating measures to originate in the House - even though senators said they worked with the House early in the process to clear up any such issues.

House Democrats say this latest change is another example of Republicans trying to protect Trump - if not now, by keeping the bill from coming to the floor, then later, if Trump potentially attempts to scale back US sanctions against Russian Federation. "House Republicans shouldn't be providing cover for the administration and its affection for Russian Federation".

Democrats in the US House of Representatives have presented a new version of a Russian Federation and Iran sanctions bill, in an apparent message to President Donald Trump who is seeking to improve ties with Moscow.

A spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., cast the current roadblock as the fault of Republicans. But Short also confirmed that the White House is lobbying Republicans to change parts of the Senate's sanctions bill that would make it more hard for Trump to roll back or end sanctions against Moscow. "House Republicans need to end this charade". "This issue is easy to fix, fix it, send us back the bill - don't use it as an excuse not to pass the bill".

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There are other pressures on the passage of the bill, too.

Meanwhile, the finger-pointing isn't just happening across the party divide.

The bill in question was passed by the Senate in mid-June by a veto-proof majority of 98 to 2.

Corker has quietly put on indefinite hold a bipartisan bill to codify sanctions on Russian Federation for its alleged meddling in Ukraine, Syria and the 2016 presidential election. She called the efforts "grandstanding and not a serious effort to resolve this issue and hold Russian Federation accountable".

The Senate's majority vote on the bill received an angry response from some European capitals.

McCarthy, R-Calif, did not tell what Pompeo was referring to. Mike Lee (R-Utah) voting against it. Sanctions on Iran were also included in the bill.

"For the past six months, (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer has deliberately run an unprecedented campaign of obstruction against the president's nominees for high-ranking positions in the government", White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told reporters at a news conference yesterday.

"Our concern is that the legislation, we believe, sets an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress by not including certain national security waivers that have always been consistently part of sanctions bills in the past", Short told reporters.

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