Republican senator: no reason not to pass Russian Federation sanctions bill

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 12, 2017

To that end, Short did not say Trump is considering a special session during the August recess so more confirmation votes for the Pentagon and other security agencies could be held.

Trump tweeted Sunday that sanctions against Russian Federation were not discussed at his meeting with Putin.

"The nightmare scenario for the White House", Axios reported, is "Trump is forced to either sign the bill, which would make it impossible to establish a broader cooperative relationship with Putin, or veto the bill and risk a two-thirds majority in Congress overriding his wishes".

Legislation imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation is stalled in the House amid a partisan battle over whether all lawmakers should have the authority to start a process to block a unilateral decision by President Donald Trump to lift penalties.

The legislation will be labeled as a House bill to avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate.

NY [U.S.A], July 11:President Donald Trump on Tuesday has accused Senate Democrats for obstructing and failing to confirm his nominees. "Under this process, only the Speaker of the House - rather than any member of the House - can force consideration of whether to allow the administration to waive sanctions".

The Russia sanctions debate is confusing, complex, and a procedural mess.

Senate Foreign Affairs Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said the House can address Democrats' concerns on its own about who can initiate a review of presidential action on sanctions. They say language in the bill adds burdensome disclosure requirements that could put them at a competitive disadvantage with non-US companies working on worldwide deals.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, has declined to endorse the sanctions legislation. House Republican leaders said the bill ran afoul of a constitutional requirement that legislation involving revenue start in the House.

Ron Wyden said, "the question is how far the coordination goes".

The revelations of the past few days are "obviously very significant, deeply disturbing new public information about direct contacts between the Russian government and its intermediaries, and the very center of the Trump family campaign and organization", Schiff said.

A total of 32 nominees are waiting for a floor vote in the Senate, with 133 more waiting for consideration from various committees, Short said.

The Netanyahu regime has praised the Trump administration for taking its pointedly-antagonistic stance against Iran to a new level and imposing sanctions against Tehran over its defensive missile program.

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