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Republican senator: no reason not to pass Russia sanctions bill

15 July 2017

Given the political baggage around Russian Federation policy, it seems very unlikely that Trump could ease sanctions anyway without doing even more damage to his credibility and that of the GOP.

Finger-pointing going back and forth between the parties and congressional chambers is holding up a final vote, even after the Senate passed it overwhelmingly last month.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said a strong sanctions bill against Russian Federation would come up for a vote soon, despite procedural delays and claims of partisan clashes on Capitol Hill.

The current version was presented by the leader of the democratic minority Nancy Pelosi, her deputy for the faction Steni Hoyer, as well as the head of the Democrats in the Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel. The officials said the provision would infringe on the president's executive authority, according to an aide knowledgeable of the discussions.

McCarthy, R-Calif, did not tell what Pompeo was referring to. "We always like to talk". "Everything is still up in the air", he said, after emerging from a meeting with committee chairman Ed Royce and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Marc Short, the White House legislative director, told reporters that the administration backs the new sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran.

"The last thing we want to do is send a mixed message about how we feel about Russia", South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said.

The Trump administration's Russian Federation woes have now extended beyond the stream of disclosures about Russian Federation contacts within Trump's circle - and now include a hard negotiating posture with Congress over US -imposed sanctions.

Trump's comments came as the House struggles for a way forward on a Russian Federation sanctions bill that cleared the Senate with 98 votes last month.

At a meeting in Hamburg, President Trump said that he was "honored" to meet Putin as they sat down together on Friday afternoon.

"But weighing the equities, what was more important was passing the Russia-Iran sanctions bill", the California Democrat said.

To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the slow start in filling out his administration is entirely the fault of Democrats.

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The Senate passed the Iran and Russian Federation sanctions measure last month but the House parliamentarian ruled that late-added language violated the Origination Clause of the Constitution, creating a so-called blue slip issue.

Trump Jr. wrote back to Goldstone that, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer", and he proceeded to set up a meeting.

With less than a month remaining in the August recess, the Senate has confirmed only 23 percent of President Trump's 216 nominations, the White House alleged.

"Dilly-dallying around about the blue slip issue was just a ridiculous waste of time".

Stier argues while there's a lot of blame to go around, the lag is mostly a result of the Trump team failing to make nominations, not the Senate failing to confirm them.

"Russia doesn't have the capacity to fully develop its energy without foreign investment, so by putting sanctions on foreign energy companies that would go in and invest in Russian Federation, that would ... really hurt Russia's ability to develop these resources", Bergmann said.

Some law makers are certain that a stalled bill imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation will be passed soon.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations panel, said the Senate was unaware that the technical changes that were requested by the House changed the ability of members to force a vote on the House floor. We have an investigation here in the House. "This is a smokescreen to a bill that needs to get done now".

Texas lawmakers and energy companies have raised concerns about the way the sanctions could affect the USA energy sector, although the Senate disagrees that it's an issue.

An aide to Ryan did not immediately specify his concerns.

"There is no question that we need to apply more pressure to North Korea", the Tennessee Republican said. "We want to get this done and get this fixed and get this moving as quickly as possible".

Republican senator: no reason not to pass Russia sanctions bill