House considers adding North Korea to Russian Federation sanctions bill

Lynne Hanson
July 15, 2017

"I'm a Russian Federation hawk", the house speaker told reporters in Washington.

He said the delays are hurting the American people and these obstruction tactics are carried out in the name of resisting the Trump administration and playing to a radical left-wing base. The bill would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end penalties against Moscow.

Engel said House Republicans are also discussing other changes to the bill, which he says would complicate working with the Senate to clear the bill through both chambers, "It only plays into my fear that they are trying to throw everything in the kitchen sink at this bill to make it impossible to pass it", he said.

House Republicans continue to argue Democrats are part of the hold up because they are trying to change language that was added in the last Senate version that restricts who can raise an objection in Congress to how Russian Federation is complying with sanctions.

With a pause on Capitol Hill because of the July 4th recess, many are taking stock of the prospects for the Senate passed legislation meant to dramatically expand sanctions on Russian Federation.

"Our legislation puts to rest all the technical questions and allows the House to finally vote on the same legislation that won overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate", said Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Hoping to send a strong message to President Donald Trump, senior Democrats introduced an nearly identical sanctions bill that was passed 98-2 last June but has stalled since. "The issue is, are they going to act on Russian Federation sanctions, period".

House Democrats say this latest change is another example of Republicans trying to protect Trump - if not now, by keeping the bill from coming to the floor, then later, if Trump potentially attempts to scale back USA sanctions against Russian Federation. On Thursday, they said they thought it could advance soon but on Friday said the North Korea issue made that less likely. "And I think in a case like Syria where we can get together, do a ceasefire, and there are many other cases where getting along can be a very positive thing", Trump said in an interview with CBN.

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A spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., cast the current roadblock as the fault of Republicans.

"I think this will be a major 2018 election issue", he said, "that Republicans were unwilling to stand up and defend the United States when it was down".

Donald Trump Jr. eagerly agreed previous year 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.

There's also another issue lingering over the bill in the House that could lead to changes to the measure. In other words, no Democrat in the House could do so.

Washington, Jul 11 The White House has hit out Democratic senators for delaying crucial appointments by delaying confirmation of the Trump administration's nominations for high-ranking posts in the government.

House Democrats' objection stems from language in the updated bill that would have removed the ability of a disapproval resolution to be brought up under a privileged motion, removing the ability of the minority to call up a vote.

"I don't believe that having the president's party in a position to protect him from any oversight is good policy for our country", Hoyer told reporters.

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