"We have very heavy sanctions on Russian Federation right now", Trump told reporters on Air Force One in what was originally an off-the-record conversation Wednesday night, according to excerpts released by the White House. But it would take a major shift in Republicans' stances for the effort to produce anything other than political fodder that could be used by Democrats in next year's midterm elections.
"Really none", Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, answered when asked what role the White House played in developing the legislation. The Senate GOP is facing a slim margin for passage, with a couple of lawmakers already saying they won't approve it. Trump said he'll be at his desk, "pen in hand!" to sign the bill if it passes.
Trump's attempts to mend relations with Russian Federation have been hindered by allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 US election and colluded with Trump's campaign.
The bill codified existing sanctions against Russian Federation, while stepping up punitive measures over its interference in Syria, Ukraine and the 2016 US election; it also increases sanctions against Iran for a series of recent ballistic missile tests. "This is a smokescreen to a bill that needs to get done now".
A group of House Democrats turned up the pressure on Friday in a bid to compel the Treasury Department to disclose any financial ties between Russian Federation and President Trump, his family and allies.
The fight over the House language is the latest twist for a bill that passed the Senate almost a month ago. "If there's nothing there, then what are Republicans afraid of?" Congressional review is not a part of the House's North Korea bill.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that Republicans expect to unveil their revised healthcare bill Thursday, with new CBO estimates expected next week, according to Bloomberg.
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The individual or individuals involved in the incident vandalized the building and slashed tires of vehicles at the center. They called in Tulsa's bomb squad to help clear the scene and make sure there were no other devices in the area.
In June, the German bank told House Democrats in a letter it wouldn't release details of its business relationship with Trump because doing so would violate federal policy laws.
However, another influential K Street presence - the American Israel Public Affairs Committee - is pressing for quick action on the bipartisan Iran sanctions bill to which the Russian Federation penalties are attached.
The administration had its chance.
"While the new bill is identical to what the Senate passed [last month], it will be labeled as House legislation to avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate", reads the report. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., asked him about the Russian Federation sanctions bill.
Two days later, the Senate approved the bill slapping sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran.
News of the revision comes as Republicans delay their summer recess by two weeks to mid-August, the news service writes. How soon will depend on how quickly a dispute can be resolved over a revision to the bill made after the Senate passed it.
"But weighing the equities, what was more important was passing the Russia-Iran sanctions bill", the California Democrat said.