Russian Federation sanctions still stalled in House amid finger-pointing

Posted July 15, 2017

"But I am committed to making sure that this bill passes and that we have sanctions on Iran and Russian Federation".

The Senate passed the bill a second time by unanimous consent on June 29, with a "fix" to address the procedural issue, but it has still not been taken up by the House. They said the section would infringe on the president's executive authority. "Every day that goes by around here, mischief can happen".

House Democrats accused their Republican counterparts of conspiring with the president to avoid digging into such matters, pointing across the Capitol to the Senate, where Republican leaders of the Intelligence and Judiciary committees are demanding records and testimony from the Trump surrogates who took part in the meeting with the Russian lawyer.

Ryan's public dodge came the same day Christopher Wray, testifying before the Senate to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, stressed that "any threat or effort to interfere with our elections from any nation-state, or any non-state actor" should immediately be reported to law enforcement.

McCarthy, R-Calif., didn't specify what Pompeo was referring to.

The White House is convinced that the longer the bill gets delayed, the better the administration's chances are of getting it changed to their liking.

Hoyer told reporters Wednesday that he was never consulted on the change, which was agreed to by Senate Democrats and House Republicans.

As Trump's oldest son met with a Russian lawyer, these concerns became more serious when the Kremlin provided Hillary Clinton's malicious information.

The White House is intensifying pressure to halt Congress from sending a Russia sanctions bill to the president's desk that would hamper his ability to retain flexibility in his negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Axios reported on Monday.

On Friday, Corker said he would be "more than glad" to consider adding North Korea to the legislation if the House chose to do so. House Republican leaders said the bill ran afoul of a constitutional requirement that legislation involving revenue start in the House.

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 global exploration projects if Russian firms were also involved.

White House spokesman Sarah Sanders said that a new version of the draft law on sanctions poses risks for the implementation of US foreign policy.

Ryan on July 12 said: "I'm a Russian Federation hawk".

Ryan's spokesman Ashley Strong said the conversation between Ryan and Hoyer was a private conversation and refused to respond. She called the decision by Democrats to introduce the original Senate bill "grandstanding and not a serious effort to resolve this issue and hold Russian Federation accountable".

The U.S. energy industry has been lobbying against the bill and some Republican House members, particularly from oil-producing states, have said they might want changes.

The American Petroleum Institute said late last week that the bill would expand a prohibition on USA energy companies from being involved in oil projects located in Russia to projects around the world that include Russian energy firms. In trying to punish Moscow, the group said, the bill could instead penalize major American businesses, potentially costing billions of dollars in jobs and economic activity.