House Democrats have not decided yet whether to file their own version of an Iran-Russia sanctions bill, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Wednesday afternoon.
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters today that President Trump "is committed to maintaining the existing sanctions against Russian Federation, until Moscow reverses the aggressive actions against Ukraine that triggered the sanctions".
The legislation, however, has stalled in the House as the administration works to soften the congressional reach.
The fight over the House language is the latest twist for a bill that passed the Senate almost a month ago.
Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interference in the USA presidential election and has called such allegations absurd.
If Ryan rejects the compromise, Hoyer said that would tell him that House Republicans "are in a protective mode, not a mode of assuring, as the Senate did, that we have significant oversight".
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Earlier, Democrats tried to present another bill on sanctions, but the Republicans resisted these actions. Corker said. "Because they can do whatever they wish to solve this problem".
House Republicans responded by saying that their reluctance to push the bill forward is purely procedural, arguing that bills affecting the government must originate in the House. Only 50 Trump nominees have been confirmed so far, compared to 202 officials confirmed at the same point in the Obama administration, he said. But White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders contradicted Trump, telling reporters Monday that "sanctions specific to election-meddling were discussed" in the meeting.
The House passed a new package of sanctions on North Korea in May by 419-1, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said on Thursday his committee would be taking it up soon. However, it was sent back to the Senate last week after the House Parliamentarian objected because the bill ran afoul of the Origination Clause of the Constitution which requires the House to act before the Senate on any bill which raises revenue. "This is grandstanding and not a serious effort to resolve this issue and hold Russian Federation accountable".
He said the White House backs the sanctions in principle, adding, however, the bill was "so poorly written" that it "greatly hampers the executive branch's diplomatic efforts,"according to Radio Free Europe".
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. "This is a smokescreen to a bill that needs to get done now".
The legislation also places new penalties on Iran over its ballistic missile program.
"There are some policy issues with respect to making sure that we don't actually inadvertently help Russian oligarchs and oil firms", Ryan said. "We urge you to be similarly vigilant as you broach negotiations on a range of bilateral issues with the Russians".