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US House Democrats introduce new Iran, Russia sanctions bill

House Democrats stall Russia sanctions bill aimed at restraining Trump White House: Dems are blocking Trump's nominees
Christy Curtis | 15 July, 2017, 02:01

Democrats have accused House Republicans of stalling the previous sanctions package because of the Trump administration's concern over imposing limits on the U.S. president's decision making powers over Russian Federation.

"I'm a Russian Federation hawk".

But Ryan signaled that he wants the amended Senate bill to move and he said House Democrats are responsible for the delay. Democrats say Republicans are undermining their minority rights and the institutional power of Congress by crafting the language to empower only the majority - a shift from other sanction bills, according to Democrats. "Republicans in Congress have become enablers of the Trump-Russia assault on our democracy", Pelosi said.

"Look, I'm not going into hypotheticals, only because I think it's important that we get to the bottom of all of this", Ryan said. "But it's the American people who are being hurt", Short said at a White House briefing. I would urge him to do so. But the votes could put some Republicans in a tight spot - especially when it comes to voting on procuring the president's tax returns.

Nonetheless, Pelosi seems convinced that Trump's inner circle crossed a legal line in meeting with a Russian government lawyer they believed would provide opposition research on Hillary Clinton - a meeting Pelosi said is "cold, hard evidence" that the Trump campaign "eagerly meant to collude with Russia", and pulls matters into "new territory".

Democrats and Republicans are still fighting over how to implement fresh sanctions against Russian Federation over alleged interference into the 2016 U.S. election.

"There's no question that Congress needs to respond", Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, told reporters Tuesday.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House speaker Paul Ryan, said Democrats still were objecting to moving the Bill in its current form. "Let the House act, they need to act now".

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has also reportedly told a senior Republican lawmaker that some elements of the Russian Federation sanctions package would affect his "ability to do his work and his job".

"We have an investigation in the Senate", Ryan, R-Wis., said during a press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Donald Trump Jr. eagerly agreed a year ago 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.

Maxine Waters, ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, told reporters she had filed a resolution of inquiry demanding the U.S. Treasury Secretary hand over documents in his possession, "relating to President Trump's financial connections to Russian Federation, certain illegal financial schemes, and related information".

The latest package of sanctions was to punish Russian Federation for what the sponsors called "the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyber-attacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria". "Every day that goes by. mischief can happen, and I think we really could have passed it the week before the [July Fourth] recess".

Either way, White House objections over the bill come too late to matter.

"The issue is does the House want to pass a Russian Federation sanctions bill or not?" Additionally, the Senate is expected to have enough votes to override a presidential veto, making the bill law.

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