Russian Federation sanctions bill stalled in House amid pushback from Trump

The White House is complaining that Russia sanctions legislation doesn't allow the president to grant waivers when sanctions are put in place

He also denied that the White House was trying to water down the Russian Federation sanctions bill, an attempt that would be strongly opposed by Congressional Democrats and even a significant number of Republicans because they were cautious about the short-term demand for relations with Moscow.

"What our concern is, is that the legislation we believe sets an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress by not including certain national security waivers that have always been consistently part of sanctions bills in the past", White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short told reporters this month.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interference in the U.S. presidential election and has called such allegations absurd.

Politico reported Monday that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) is frustrated with GOP leadership stalling and may introduce his own sanctions legislation to get the ball rolling.

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. Corker said. "Because they can do whatever they wish to solve this problem". "Every day that goes by around here, mischief can happen".

Washington, Jul 11 The White House has hit out Democratic senators for delaying crucial appointments by delaying confirmation of the Trump administration's nominations for high-ranking posts in the government.

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House Republicans responded by saying that their reluctance to push the bill forward is purely procedural, arguing that bills affecting the government must originate in the House. They hoped to receive damaging information-courtesy of the Russian government-about Hillary Clinton.

Hoping to send a strong message to President Donald Trump, senior Democrats introduced an nearly identical sanctions bill that was passed 98-2 last June but has stalled since. We have an investigation here in the House.

Separately, a Republican aide said House leaders were confident the sanctions package would be approved before Congress leaves for the August recess. A fix failed to satisfy House Democrats, and Hoyer said he spoke to Ryan on Tuesday evening on a possible compromise. However, it was sent back to the Senate last week after the House Parliamentarian objected because the bill ran afoul of the Origination Clause of the Constitution which requires the House to act before the Senate on any bill which raises revenue.

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.

Asked if he'd take meeting with foreign source offering campaign info, @SpeakerRyan says "I'm not going to go into hypotheticals". He calls on Democrats to submit the draft bill, on a serious effort to resolve the issue.

But Trump also confirmed that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the pending congressional sanctions legislation during their meeting last week at the G-20 summit in Germany and left open the door to easing sanctions if his administration could gain something from Putin in the process.

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