Democrats Release New Bill On Russia And Iran Sanctions

Democrats Release New Bill On Russia And Iran Sanctions

Democrats Release New Bill On Russia And Iran Sanctions

"We have a special counsel that is doing investigation over at the Justice Department, we have an investigation here in the House, we have an investigation in the Senate", Ryan told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference when asked about President Donald Trump's eldest son. Does the House want to take up Russian Federation sanctions or not?

Most significantly, the bill would empower Congress to block steps by the Trump administration to soften or lift those penalties. Any attempts to alter the legislation would face stiff opposition from congressional Democrats and even a large number of Republicans due to their wariness over Trump's desire for better relations with Moscow.

"The Russian intelligence services will simply be further emboldened if they see that this administration and Congress are unwilling to really meaningfully sanction such behavior".

Have House Republicans chose 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?

The House passed a new package of sanctions on North Korea in May by 419-1, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said on Thursday his committee would be taking it up soon.

The new bill introduced on Wednesday would eliminate that change to allow House Democrats, as well as Republicans, to force a vote on a resolution of disapproval of any effort to ease Russian Federation sanctions.

The issue has become even more heated since emails released Tuesday showed that Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son, eagerly agreed past 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. After all, this is the same party that wouldn't issue a joint statement with Obama condemning Russian election hacking during the 2016 campaign.

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"I would never take the sanctions off until something is worked out to our satisfaction and everybody's satisfaction in Syria and in Ukraine", Trump said, adding later: "I've made great deals". The sanctions debate comes amid intense focus on Russia interference into the 2016 USA presidential election and investigations into the nature of the Trump campaign's relationships with Russian contacts.

Russian Federation has been contemplating its own new wave of counter-sanctions specifically aimed at the ones that Barack Obama brought in back in December 2016.

"I think this will be a major 2018 election issue", he said, "that Republicans were unwilling to stand up and defend the United States when it was down".

The legislation cleared the Senate two weeks ago with 98 votes, an overwhelming margin that suggested the bill would speed quickly through the House and to Trump's desk. The only Senators to oppose the bill were Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul.

Democratic lawmakers haven't shared the text of their bill with Republican leadership, according to AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Mr. Ryan.

House Democrats' objection stems from language in the updated bill that would have removed the ability of a disapproval resolution to be brought up under a privileged motion, removing the ability of the minority to call up a vote.

"I don't believe that having the president's party in a position to protect [Trump] from any oversight is good policy for our country and, in fact, could be risky to our country", Hoyer told reporters.

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