House resistance, not 'procedural issues,' behind stalled Russian Federation sanctions bill - USA senator

House resistance, not 'procedural issues,' behind stalled Russian Federation sanctions bill - USA senator

House resistance, not 'procedural issues,' behind stalled Russian Federation sanctions bill - USA senator

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) questioned explanations behind the slow pace of a bill he sponsored to impose tougher sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran that passed nearly unanimously in the Senate last month, and called for House lawmakers to resolve their differences to move forward on the measure Monday night.

He also denied that the White House was trying to water down the Russian Federation sanctions bill, an attempt that would be strongly opposed by Congressional Democrats and even a significant number of Republicans because they were cautious about the short-term demand for relations with Moscow. The officials said the provision would infringe on the president's executive authority, according to an aide knowledgeable of the discussions.

"Let's say he is everything we fear that he might be in terms of like a Russian agent", Bergmann said.

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

Investigations are being conducted in the United States into possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation during the presidential election campaign in 2016. The Senate-passed sanctions bill would prevent Trump from returning the compounds without congressional consent.

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.

"All they've got to do is send it over here", Corker said. 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. Trump administration officials have been up on Capitol Hill lobbying against the measure. The White House and the Kremlin have denied there was any interference in the election.

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He said he expected the House to make changes that would not affect the bill's overall character and to address issues that have anxious energy companies, such as a provision that oil firms said could block them out of worldwide exploration projects if Russian firms were also involved.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on one of the committees investigating Russian election-meddling, said he questions whether House Republican leaders will bring up the bill for a vote, or weaken it. He calls on Democrats to submit the draft bill, on a serious effort to resolve the issue.

However, another influential K Street presence - the American Israel Public Affairs Committee - is pressing for quick action on the bipartisan Iran sanctions bill to which the Russian Federation penalties are attached. "This is a smokescreen to a bill that needs to get done now".

"There are some policy issues with respect to making sure that we don't actually inadvertently help Russian oligarchs and oil firms", Ryan said of some of the changes needed.

Seeking a greater influence in foreign policy, Congress has included such "review" provisions in a few recent major bills, starting with Corker's 2015 legislation forcing congressional review of President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

An aide to Ryan did not immediately specify his concerns. "And if he puts the Senate bill on the floor, we will support it".

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