"I'm a Russian Federation hawk".
The US has leveled multiple sets of sanctions on Russian Federation in recent years. "The sooner we can get this done, the better".
On June 9, 2016, after being told a Russian lawyer had incriminating information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. - along with Donald Trump Sr.'s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort - met at Trump Tower in NY with the attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya.
The Trump administration fears the measure will complicate its ability to conduct diplomacy because the bill limits the president's power to act on sanctions without congressional authorization.
"Instead of defending the integrity of American democracy, instead of holding the Trump White House accountable for its complicity, instead of showing Russian Federation that there will be consequences, the House Republican majority does nothing", Pelosi asserted. Only 50 Trump nominees have been confirmed so far, compared to 202 officials confirmed at the same point in the Obama administration, he said. The implementation of the sanctions would hit Russia's defense and energy sectors, as well as keep Trump from unilaterally lifting existing sanctions on the country.
"There are some policy issues with respect to making sure that we don't actually inadvertently help Russian oligarchs and oil firms", Ryan said.
"I don't think there's any doubt that the White House does not want this piece of legislation passed", House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday morning.
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The latest package of sanctions was to punish Russian Federation for what the sponsors called "the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyber-attacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria". "Not a mode of assuring, as the Senate did, that we have significant oversight and protections vis-a-vis Russian Federation sanctions".
The current chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bob Corker, calls on Congress to respond immediately. "Every day that goes by around here, mischief can happen".
Democrats rejected the suggestion as another tactic by Republicans supporting White House objections to the bill. "This could come up in an instant if there was a will to do it". Trump sidestepped a question about whether he would sign the new sanctions package if it reaches his desk but declared his support for existing penalties against Moscow. "Why stop?" said Kathryn Stoner, an worldwide relations professor focused on Russian domestic and global politics at Stanford University.
"I fear that we are witnessing a betrayal of our nation that is unlike anything we have ever seen before in American politics". But House Democrats said they do not trust that House GOP leaders are serious about the effort - and are now anxious a recent change to the bill would effectively rob them of their ability to raise objections to Trump's Russian Federation sanctions moves in the future. Sanctions on Iran were also included in the bill.
The document is identical to the one that was supported by the Senate about a month ago with an absolute majority of votes. In other words, no Democrat in the House could do so. The only Senators to oppose the bill were Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he wanted the North Korea sanctions added to the bill.