Russia Findings Raise Hopes for US Sanctions Bill

Russia Findings Raise Hopes for US Sanctions Bill

Congresswoman Maxine Waters said she and other Democrats on the Financial Services Committee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Treasury secretary to provide any documents related to credit extended by Russian banks or Russian government officials to the president, his immediate family, his associates or his properties and businesses.

The legislation, however, has stalled in the House as the administration works to soften the congressional reach.

Top Democratic senators warned President Trump's officials ahead of bilateral talks next week not to give back Russia's diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland that were seized amid revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

House GOP leaders requested the change on the disapproval resolution procedure because the Senate wrote the bill without consulting them on House procedure, a leadership aide said.

The bipartisan bill, which passed the Senate 98-2 a month ago, has been bogged down by partisan squabbling in the House.

House Republican leaders insisted the delay was purely because the bill violated a constitutional requirement that legislation affecting government revenues must originate in the House, not the Senate.

"There is no issue, except do they want to pass a Russian Federation sanctions bill or not?" "I have contacted House members, urged them to take up and pass this bill quickly".

"For House Republicans wanting distance from the Russian Federation mess".

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. "Let the House act, they need to act now".

If the House passes the bill and sends it to the president's desk, a veto is unlikely. "If we want to do a bill, then we can find a way around that, as we can find a way around every other thing that's in dispute".




Meanwhile, the finger-pointing isn't just happening across the party divide.

Donald Trump Jr. eagerly agreed past 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. According to Politico, an amendment to the bill in the Senate leaves that authority with the majority, a change that was passed by unanimous consent despite a last-minute warning from Hoyer to Benjamin Cardin.

The following month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a similar letter to Ryan.

Not all House Democrats are convinced this is a fight worth having as they push for a quick vote on the bill, arguing that House Republicans could always use procedural measures to avoid tough votes on Russian Federation sanctions in the future regardless of the language in the bill.

"The fix is nothing".

"This is all doing nothing but helping Russia, " Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the Associated Press.

With the bill stalled, House Democrats looked to push past the procedural problem Wednesday by introducing an identical version of the Senate's bill.

McCarthy, R-Calif, did not tell what Pompeo was referring to.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward Royce, R-Calif., is in favor of holding a floor vote soon.

Failure to move the bill forward could make it appear that Republicans aren't willing to punish Moscow for its interference in the election, as the US intelligence community has found it did.

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