Republican senator dismisses procedural claims on Russian Federation sanctions bill

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"Chairman Royce and I have discussed the desire of some House members to add North Korea provisions to the Senate's legislation to sanction Iran and Russian Federation, and we would be more than glad to take a close look at it if this is the path they choose".

It is a privilege Congress has infrequently awarded itself - such as in 2015, when lawmakers insisted on a chance to weigh in on the Iran nuclear deal - as presidents are typically afforded broad discretion to impose and lift financial sanctions as a foreign policy tool.

House Republicans said on Monday that the Senate change had not satisfied the procedural concern and that the Senate would have to change it and vote again. "I think frankly they did not realize the outcome of striking some of the language which assured a vote by everybody". According to Politico, an amendment to the bill in the Senate leaves that authority with the majority, a change that was passed by unanimous consent despite a last-minute warning from Hoyer to Benjamin Cardin. But he appeared to object to a key part of the legislation that would give Capitol Hill a much stronger hand in determining Russian Federation sanctions policy.

Trump's warm approach to Russian Federation - along with investigations into whether his campaign colluded with the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 election - has many lawmakers uneasy about leaving the country's sanctions policy to the president alone.

Republicans, who control majorities in both the House and the Senate, are not likely to support the bill.

"The last thing we want to do is send a mixed message about how we feel about Russia", South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said.

The House will take up the bill on the 11th when it returns.

Officials from the Treasury and State departments met last week with House congressional staff to voice their concerns over the congressional review section of the bill.

A key sticking point for Democrats is a proposed technical change to the bill made late last month by the Senate that Democratic aides said Monday would prevent rank-and-file House members from being able to challenge a president's decision to lift or ease the sanctions against Russian Federation.

"If during the campaign or since the president's inauguration members of the Trump team have considered altering sanctions on our adversary Russia, Congress and the American people need to know and have a right to know", Castro told reporters.

Prospects for the bill in the House are cloudy, given not only the otherwise full agenda (including health care and tax reform), but also what appears to be growing opposition among House members to boxing President Trump into a very hard position on Russian Federation.

Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday introduced legislation unchanged from what was passed almost unanimously by the Senate on June 15. We have an investigation here in the House.

While the current roadblock could be cleared with a procedural vote to send the bill back to the Senate, House Republican leaders are wary of doing so - noting a lack of precedent for such a vote. Adding North Korea to the Russian Federation and Iran sanctions measure would ensure speedier Senate consideration.

Texas lawmakers and energy companies have raised concerns about the way the sanctions could affect the U.S. energy sector, although the Senate disagrees that it's an issue. "But aside from those issues we want to get this done, and get this fixed, and get this moving as quickly as possible".

The goal of the procedural measures is to hold Republicans accountable for their "complicity" with Trump, Pelosi said.

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