US Congress to vote on Russian Federation sanctions package that defies Donald Trump

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Giving Congress a veto over whether the administration wants to ease or end sanctions against Moscow grew out of an unconfirmed report last spring that the Trump administration was looking at unilaterally easing the sanctions.

The agreement clears the way for passage of the legislation before the August recess, with a vote in the House expected as early as Tuesday.

The White House has said it is open to legislation toughening sanctions on Russian Federation as momentum increased in the US Congress for stronger action. During an appearance on ABC's "This Week", Sanders said the administration supports the bill.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he believes the EU stands "ready to act within days" if USA sanctions are adopted without taking Europe's concerns into account.

A White House official said the administration's view of the legislation evolved after changes were made, including the addition of sanctions on North Korea.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said: "I'm pleased that both parties in the House and Senate have reached agreement on sanctions legislation that will hold Russian Federation and Iran accountable for their destabilizing actions around the world", according to Hoyer's official website.

The new legislation would sharply limit the president's ability to suspend or terminate the sanctions - a remarkable handcuffing by a Republican-led Congress six months into Mr. Trump's tenure. "If he vetoes the bill, we will override the veto", Cardin said. But Republicans rejected the complaint and blamed Democrats for holding the bill up.

The bill intends to punish Moscow for its 2014 annexation of Crimea - a peninsula claimed by Ukraine, and for its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"The legislation ensures that both the Majority and Minority are able to exercise our oversight role over the Administration's implementation of sanctions", his statement added.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, named as the new White House press secretary, looks on during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on July 21, 2017.

The House will vote Tuesday on a law to penalize not only in Russian Federation, particularly for its putative interference in the american presidential campaign, and the annexation of Crimea, and Iran, but also North Korea because of its recent firing of ballistic missiles. It also must assert its independence as an equal branch of government and disabuse Trump once and for all of the notion - tweeted by him over the weekend - that GOP lawmakers should "protect their President".

Putin has denied meddling in the USA election past year. "And we support where the legislation is now".

Moscow denies any wrongdoing but several United States investigations are looking into whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.

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