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US Senate Minority Leader Urges House to Pass Russia Sanctions Bill

As turmoil rages within the Trump administration a hashtag has started trending on Twitter to bring back Obama US Senate Minority Leader Urges House to Pass Russia Sanctions Bill
Laurie Berry | 12 July, 2017, 15:39

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.

On Monday, Republicans confirmed Neomi Rao to be director of the office of information and regulatory affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The rule change means that as long as Republicans control the Senate, Trump can nominate to the Supreme Court individuals who appeal only to members of his party.

The numbers, however, make clear that both the Trump administration and Senate have been historically slow in dealing with nominations. There were reports that Trump attempted to lift Russian sanctions immediately after taking office, but stepped back from the plan after pushback from senior members of the State Department.

Exxon and Chevron, insiders say, have been complaining to GOP leaders and other members that the legislation could potentially block them from doing business on projects that have Russian Federation connections, hurting their bottom line.

The Capitol Hill liaison claimed, 'It is historic in the level of obstruction that is denying the will of the American people who elected a new administration and expect that administration to be able to staff the departments'.

With less than a month remaining in the August recess, the Senate has confirmed only 23 percent of President Trump's 216 nominations, the White House alleged.

"Robert Wood Johnson - better known as New York Jets owner Woody Johnson - has been waiting almost 140 days since Trump announced that he was being tapped to serve as ambassador" to the United Kingdom, the Washington Post reported on June 5.

Dubbed by The New York Times as "Mr. Fix It" who would provide "a good complement to the strategic expertise of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis".

Trump is well behind his most recent predecessors not only in confirmations by the Senate, but also in making nominations to build his administration.

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So did two of Trump's nominees to lead the Army, as well as his Navy secretary nominee, his picks to serve in deputy positions at Commerce and Treasury and his nominee to be the Defense undersecretary for policy.

The administration officials, who were career civil servants, expressed concerns during the meeting about the congressional review provisions in the bill, which would give Congress veto power if the White House tries to loosen sanctions on Russian Federation, according to the staffers.

As the push to ease Russian sanctions continues from the White house, the trouble for Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign figures involved in the meeting - then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and key White House adviser Jared Kushner - could only be growing deeper.

But the Senate is sitting on dozens of nominations that have been submitted.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short argued during Monday's press briefing that the stalled nominations were jeopardizing national security and accused Democrats of playing to its "radical left-wing base".

Corker said the bill was written to allow the Trump administration to address energy-related issues.

"The Senate is conducting the slowest confirmation process in the American history". And the comparison is 50 to 202'. And the number of nominees Obama had pushed through did not match up with what his own White House said, either.

Trump administration officials said they disagree with provisions in the bill requiring the president to get Congress' permission before easing any sanctions, and the fact that numerous new sanctions are mandatory, so that the president can not opt to waive them for national security reasons.

"If they don't actually want to advance it against Democrat obstructionism, they will be punished for that next year", Steyn warned.

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