Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

New bill with sanctions against Russian Federation presented in US House of Representatives

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Democratic Party chair Tom Perez was elected to shake things up but Democrats remain divided and disinterested Huffington Post Democratic Party chair Tom Perez was elected to shake things up but Democrats remain divided and disinterested
Rosalie Gross | 16 July, 2017, 01:33

And now its complaints over a key section of the bill are drowned out amid Tuesday's stunning revelations that President Donald Trump's eldest son met with a Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton supplied by the Kremlin.

The document was submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, the Reuters news agency reported.

House Democrats said Friday they are planning to use a series of parliamentary maneuvers this summer to force Republicans to vote to defend President Trump on an array of controversies.

"It would be a very strong statement for all of America to get that sanction bill completed and done, and to the president's desk", the Republican lawmaker said in the House as it wrapped up its activity for the week.

"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.

"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 said. The procedure for its adoption in Congress was suspended due to the constitutional requirement that all legislative initiatives concerning budget expenditures should be endorsed first in the lower, and then in the upper house.

Meanwhile, Congressman Joaquin Castro introduced a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Secretary of State to provide Congress with any documents or communications records related to efforts to modify or revoke sanctions against Russian Federation.

Trump Jr. was told in the emails that the source had "sensitive information" that was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". On Thursday, they said they thought it could advance soon but on Friday said the North Korea issue made that less likely.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Democrats still were objecting to moving the bill in its current form. Some Democrats had accused Trump's fellow Republicans of stalling the sanctions package at least until after that meeting, to please the president.

"All of a sudden, the day before recess, the House Democrats said wait a minute-this doesn't give us the ability to amend congressional review", he said.

The sanctions bill incorporates penalties on the Kremlin over election interference and would trigger congressional review in case the administration tries to ease or suspend sanctions on Russian Federation. Whether we have written letters, or introduced legislation, so many of us are attempting in every way that we possibly can to unveil the criminal activity, the unconstitutional activity, of this president and his family.

"The issue is, is the House going to take up Russian Federation sanctions or not?"

"No administration likes for Congress to play a role in anything they're doing, especially foreign policy-and I understand that, but I sure hope that the House will take up the bill", he said.

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