Washington at loggerheads over Russian Federation sanctions

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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

The bill, which censures Iran over its ballistic missile program, also slaps new sanctions on Russian Federation over Moscow's alleged interference in the United States presidential election in 2016.

Opposition to the June sanctions bill was not restricted to Capitol Hill. A disapproval resolution would be used by lawmakers to object if President Donald Trump were to ease sanctions on Russian Federation or other countries covered under the measure. Congressional review is not a part of the House's North Korea bill. The officials said the provision would infringe on the president's executive authority, according to an aide knowledgeable of the discussions. Only one Republican, Sen.

"This is more about foreign policy and having the flexibility to negotiate with other countries", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a daily briefing.

"You know me on this issue, I'm a Russia hawk, I believe in strong, bold Russian sanctions", Ryan said.

"Any administration would prefer to conduct foreign policy 100 percent without involvement by Congress". He said his original letter on February 1 to Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, suggested there be a bipartisan request for Trump's taxes, in part to ensure that the president did not have a personal stake in changes to the tax code that are under consideration. "That has never occurred", he said.

The Russia sanctions debate is confusing, complex, and a procedural mess. Pelosi spoke to reporters just as the news broke that Rinat Akhmetshin, a DC-based lobbyist for Russian interests, had also attended the Trump Tower meeting.

President Donald Trump on Friday ramped up pressure on the Senate to pass its Obamacare replacement, spoke with Saudi King Salman about the dispute between Qatar and four Arab countries and returned to the USA from Paris after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron.

Deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka said Thursday that Trump is considering giving Russian Federation back the compounds, which the Obama administration had connected to spying, "because we want to give collaboration, cooperation a chance".

Speaker Paul Ryan and House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce have also expressed a desire to get the legislation passed. She said House Republicans are fully prepared to coordinate with the Senate and move the bill forward, "but House Democrats are blocking that and demanding their own changes to the bill".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday said she had conveyed to GOP leaders that she didn't like tweaked language on disapproval resolution because she wanted to protect "the prerogatives of the minority in the House". The national trade association representing oil and gas companies said the bill could harm USA energy companies while strengthening the hand of Russian businesses. In trying to punish Moscow, the group said, the bill could instead penalize major American business, potentially costing billions of dollars in jobs and economic activity. Don Trump Jr.'s emails are a smoking gun.

The Senate backed the sanctions legislation by 98-2 on June 15 but it has been stuck in the House of Representatives, amid partisan squabbling between Republicans and Democrats. But progress on the measure slowed nearly immediately.

Last month, the Senate had to pass a new version of the Russian Federation sanctions bill to address a "blue slip" constitutional problem that means bills generating revenue must originate in the House. How soon will depend on how quickly a dispute can be resolved over a revision to the bill made after the Senate passed it.

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