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Republican senator: no reason not to pass Russia sanctions bill
14 Julio 2017, 03:08 | Bibiana Flor
He said it's likely Trump Jr. will be called before the Intelligence panel.
To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the slow start in filling out his administration is entirely the fault of Democrats. Old people and babies with pre-existing conditions will be in a mess having to pay more for insurance.
House Republican leaders initially rejected the bill for procedural reasons, prompting the Senate to tweak it.
House Republicans had sought to revise language in the bill that allows any member to force a vote on blocking Trump from easing or ending sanctions against Moscow, but the change approved unanimously by the Senate limits that power to the GOP. "However, this bill is so poorly written that neither Republican nor Democratic administrations would be comfortable with the current draft because it greatly hampers the executive branch's diplomatic efforts". For example, President Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba were hamstrung by a statutory embargo that prevented him from removing or relaxing restrictions on certain exports of US -origin goods to Cuba. And it speaks to something larger: The president is both everywhere and nowhere right now. One would require the Office of Government Ethics to review security clearance applications from the President's family members "to determine whether they have substantial commercial relationships with foreign enterprises or financial institutions".
"I think they'll pass a Russian Federation sanctions bill, and I think it'll look nearly identical to what they had", said Senate foreign relations committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican.
"The press made a very big deal over something really a lot of people would do", he continued. There's another truth emerging, whether that makes him angry or not: The president's involvement on Capitol Hill isn't helping matters much, leaving business to chug along or stall without him.
The Senate passed the bill a second time by unanimous consent on June 29, with a "fix" to address the procedural issue, but it has still not been taken up by the House. So far, most Republicans in the "no" column still sound pessimistic about this latest draft.
"There has been some assertion that we are holding up the bill", the Maryland Democrat told reporters.
Corker said he's spoken with Speaker Ryan several times on the subject and believes Ryan wants to pass the bill - but the timeline is up in the air. The legislation also expands sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile tests and the activities of the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Should we allow the GOP to destroy access to quality health care for millions? Susan Collins. "But we're seeing only part of the picture, which is why I want to fill in all of the other pieces before reaching any kind of conclusions". He said Thursday he was still considering it, but he applauded inclusion of an amendment by conservative Sen.
"This is grandstanding and not a serious effort to resolve this issue and hold Russian Federation accountable", Ryan press secretary AshLee Strong said. "It was a meetingthat went very, very quickly, very fast", he said at a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.
By comparison, the Senate confirmed 69 percent of President Obama's 454 nominees that were submitted by the August recess in 2010. "Wray is a man of principle", Sen.
Anything new needs to be tweaked when first initiated. Roy Blunt of Missouri said he'd like to ask Donald Trump Jr., "why were you there and what did you expect to accomplish by being there?"
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.
As Trump's oldest son met with a Russian lawyer, these concerns became more serious when the Kremlin provided Hillary Clinton's malicious information.
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