Washington at loggerheads over Russian Federation sanctions

White House Pressures Congress to Soften Russia Sanctions Bill

White House Pressures Congress to Soften Russia Sanctions Bill

The upshot is that Trump, still eager for a big win on Capitol Hill, may face a hard choice instead: Sign the sanctions bill into law and possibly scuttle his bid for a new partnership with Russian Federation — or veto the legislation, set off an outcry and risk having that decision overturned by Congress.

"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", the Republican lawmaker said in the House as it wrapped up its activity for the week.

The previous bill called for imposing "sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran's ballistic missile programme, support for acts of global terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes". "He said absolutely not", Trump said.

Thursday at her weekly press briefing, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney meant the "collusion" between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia was a "desecration of our democracy".

But we know one thing for sure, we have a responsibility and our oath of office to make sure that Russian Federation does not meddle in our elections again.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said "the best we can [do] is not on the table right now" and announced plans to unveil an alternative this week, according to Bloomberg.

Castro pointed out that the sanctions legislation passed in the Senate 98-2, and that after similar legislation was introduced in the House, only Trump and Ryan were keeping it from becoming law. They've supported inquiries by the House and Senate intelligence committees into Russia's meddling in the presidential election and praised the Justice Department's choice of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead a separate investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

The leadership had initially stalled the vote claiming a technical incompatibility with the already-passed Senate version, but even after the Senate made the requested changes, they've shown no sign of moving, except for talking up the idea of adding North Korea.

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"I am a Russian Federation hawk", Ryan said.

White negotiations continue in the House about how to push the sanctions bill past a procedural dispute, oil and gas companies as well as other private-sector players are raising concerns to lawmakers about language in the legislation that might restrict their ability to do business with Russia-connected entities.

Friday's announcement is the latest effort by Democrats to get answers on Russia's influence on the Trump administration.

The Trump Russia scandal has spread to Congress as Democratic Reps.

"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", Corker told The Hill.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Rep.

Meanwhile, the president goes on acting as if Vladimir Putin may still turn out to be a best friend forever, instead of the unsafe geopolitical adversary most Americans recognize.

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