US Democrats introduce new sanctions bill against Iran

Trump White House Still Actively Pushing To Drop Russia Sanctions Even As Collusion Investigation Deepens

The legislation, however, has stalled in the House as the administration works to soften the congressional reach.

The issue of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election has become a political weapon in Washington, with Democrats seeking to portray Trump and his Republican party as soft on Russian Federation.

And if the House doesn't pass the sanctions, Bergmann said he thinks Republicans who are up for reelection in 2018 could face grave consequences.

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.

"There is no issue, except do they want to pass a Russian Federation sanctions bill or not?"

"We're talking with the Democratic members about it, trying to put together a bipartisan bill, and we're moving forward", the California Republican said.

A new package of economic sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran unacceptably constrains the president's authority, the White House said Monday as Democrats complained that the Trump administration was trying to weaken the penalties.

By asking these questions, the Russian Federation scandal broadens from a Trump problem to a Republican Party problem.

The issue has become even more heated since emails released Tuesday showed that Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son, eagerly agreed previous year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election. "House Republicans need to end this charade".

If the House passes the bill and sends it to the president's desk, a veto is unlikely.

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




But for now, the bill is stuck in the House, with both sides pointing fingers.

The document is identical to the one that was supported by the Senate about a month ago with an absolute majority of votes. He said "dilly dallying" over a constitutional issue that has slowed the bill's passage in the House has amounted to "a ridiculous waste of time". The measure was introduced by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, and Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Sanctions legislation, which will also affect Iran's new economic sanctions, delayed a debate in Congress that Democrats accuse Republicans of protecting the congresses carefully.

"The fix is nothing".

Hoyer and other House Democrats argue the sanctions are a needed check on an administration that is too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With the bill stalled, House Democrats looked to push past the procedural problem Wednesday by introducing an identical version of the Senate's bill.

McCarthy, R-Calif., didn't specify what Pompeo was referring to.

Failure to move the bill forward could make it appear that Republicans aren't willing to punish Moscow for its interference in the election, as the USA intelligence community has found it did.

Congress sought to craft the latest Russian Federation sanctions legislation (other provisions hit Iran) in a way that would both apply new sanctions and give Congress the ability to review any administration efforts to peel back sanctions unilaterally.

Ryan told a news conference he wants to move a strong bill regarding sanctions on Russian Federation as quickly as possible but that the legislation still faced procedural and policy hurdles.

"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", Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, said.

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