New version of sanctions against Russia, Iran revealed

Nichole Vega
July 15, 2017

He said that he believes "in strong, bold Russian sanctions" but that the delay in the House on a new sanction bill is due to "a procedural concern" by Democrats.

"Republicans could put the bipartisan Senate-passed Russian Federation sanctions bill on the President desk tomorrow, but instead they're searching high and low for excuses to drag out the process, weaken the bill, and let Russian Federation and the White House off the hook", spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said.

The previous bill called for imposing "sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran's ballistic missile programme, support for acts of worldwide terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes".

"Administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have warned that slapping new sanctions on Russian Federation would handicap their desire to fix the relationship between the two nations".

Both Ryan and McCarthy said they were told that USA companies had passed the legislative framework for specific energy sanctions, oil and gas producers said, could hurt American companies and strengthen Russia's interests. Slovenia, which has joined sanctions against Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea and meddling in Ukraine, has been very careful to portray Putin's visit on Saturday as strictly informal and not against the European Union policies.

But to go around Democrats on the issue of moving the bill back to the Senate for approval, which is usually accomplished through unanimous consent, would be to challenge longstanding House precedent.

Donald Trump Jr. eagerly agreed previous year to meet a woman he believed was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton, as part of Moscow's official support for his father, according to emails released on Tuesday. But House Republicans and the administration objected, saying it gave too much authority to the legislative branch, and allowed the minority Democratic Party to gum up floor operations.

The current chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bob Corker, calls on Congress to respond immediately.

The main procedural matter is a constitutional requirement that any bill raising government revenue must originate in the House.

"What happened with Donald Trump Jr. just underscores how Russian Federation was operating", said senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Not a mode of assuring, as the Senate did, that we have significant oversight and protections vis-a-vis Russian Federation sanctions".

Trump Jr. wrote back to Goldstone that, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer", and he proceeded to set up a meeting.

"Instead of defending the integrity of American democracy, instead of holding the Trump White House accountable for its complicity, instead of showing Russian Federation that there will be consequences, the House Republican majority does nothing", Pelosi asserted.

"Any administration would prefer to conduct foreign policy 100% without involvement by Congress".

A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan advised that Democrats agree to the changes already agreed to by the Senate.

But the Senate's tweak also changed a provision allowing any House member to force a vote on a resolution to disapprove of easing sanctions, raising new objections from House Democrats. "I would never take the sanctions off until something is worked out to our satisfaction and everybody's satisfaction in Syria and in Ukraine".

Some law makers are certain that a stalled bill imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation will be passed soon.

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