Here's what you need to know about the United States sanctions on Russian Federation
- Author: Terrell Bush Jul 16, 2017,
Jul 16, 2017, 0:27
A bill that many lawmakers hoped would send a message to President Donald Trump to keep a strong line against Russian Federation hit a new snag in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, as Republicans proposed combining it with sanctions on North Korea.
The document was submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, the Reuters news agency reported. She said House Republicans are fully prepared to coordinate with the Senate and move the bill forward, "but House Democrats are blocking that and demanding their own changes to the bill".
US President Donald Trump sidestepped a question about whether he would sign the new sanctions package if it reaches his desk.
The Republican National Committee had been talking about how legal fees would be handled.
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. The procedure for its adoption in Congress was suspended due to the constitutional requirement that all legislative initiatives concerning budget expenditures should be endorsed first in the lower, and then in the upper house.
"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. The American people deserve the truth about Russia's personal, political and financial grip on President Trump. "And that's why I say, why would he want me?" It proves that the Trump campaign was not only aware of the Russian government's efforts to meddle in our elections.
"It was two hours and 15 minutes", Trump said.
But Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the panel, argued things are different this year, even if he predicted the Trump amendments would not get votes.
Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) brought onto the House floor an enormous print-out of the publication's most recent front page, on which the words "Red Handed" are superimposed over a picture of President Donald Trump's eldest son.
Her remarks were part of a news conference in which Democrats from various House committees detailed steps aimed at pressuring House Republicans to investigate Trump more aggressively.
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Democrats still were objecting to moving the bill in its current form.
The sanctions bill incorporates penalties on the Kremlin over election interference and would trigger congressional review in case the administration tries to ease or suspend sanctions on Russian Federation.
She went on to list potential charges without providing further context: "Criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States, impeding the lawful administration of a federal election or to make an offense against the United States, cybercrime, hacking against USA citizens-the Clinton campaign". "They're going to go through that process and they're going to have to answer for these emails and the investigation will take its course". "It's not a Senate issue in any form or fashion".
Engel said House Republicans are also discussing other changes to the bill, which he says would complicate working with the Senate to clear the bill through both chambers, "It only plays into my fear that they are trying to throw everything in the kitchen sink at this bill to make it impossible to pass it", he said.