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Democrats Release New Bill On Russia And Iran Sanctions

15 July 2017

"That's missing from this debate and that's very unfortunate, both on the Democrats and the Republicans".

"I believe Iran, the work Russian Federation has done and what North Korea has done, it would be a very strong statement for all of America to get that sanction bill completed and done and to the president's desk", McCarthy said in floor remarks Friday.

However, the bill still needs to pass the House and be signed by US President Donald Trump to become law.

Marc Short, Trump's director of legislative affairs, said earlier Monday "the administration is fully supportive of (current Iran and Russia) sanctions".

The measure was introduced by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, and Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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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.

Cardin said the Bill should have been passed because of Russian interference in last year's United States elections, occupation of parts of Ukraine and Georgia and support of the Syrian government.

Trump's relationship with Russia has been in particularly sharp focus this month because he had his first meeting last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The issue has become even more heated since emails released Tuesday showed that Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son, eagerly agreed previous year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election.

Senate Republican leaders are saying they'd be fine with adding North Korea to the bill too, even though that would mean yet another vote the accommodate the House.

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"Dilly-dallying around about the blue slip issue was just a ridiculous waste of time".

The Senate changed the bill to address that issue, but also tweaked it in a way that Democrats said weakened a provision requiring Congress to approve any effort by the president to ease sanctions on Russian Federation.

Officials from the State and Treasury Departments met with both Republican and Democratic congressional aides last week to express concerns about the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill, two senior congressional staffers confirmed to CNN.

But the Senate's tweak also changed a provision allowing any House member to force a vote on a resolution to disapprove of easing sanctions, raising new objections from House Democrats.

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Democrats Release New Bill On Russia And Iran Sanctions