Friday, 21 July, 2017

House considers adding North Korea to Russian Federation sanctions bill

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Kenny Thornton | 15 July, 2017, 21:09

The House version of a bill that intends to dramatic limit the ability of President Trump to ease sanctions on Russian Federation appears to be effectively stalled, as the House leadership attempts to re-do the bill, adding new sanctions against North Korea to it.

The Senate passed the Iran and Russian Federation sanctions measure last month but the House parliamentarian ruled that late-added language violated the Origination Clause of the Constitution, creating a so-called blue slip issue.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to announce a plan Friday that will force Congressional Republicans to vote on an inquiry of President Donald Trump's administration.

But both Republican and Democratic House aides said talks between the two parties were continuing and there was a decent chance for a quick compromise, more so because of the latest revelations about Trump's eldest son.

House Republicans continue to argue Democrats are part of the hold up because they are trying to change language that was added in the last Senate version that restricts who can raise an objection in Congress to how Russian Federation is complying with sanctions.

The issue has become even more heated since emails released Tuesday showed that Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son, eagerly agreed past year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election.

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Taylor also criticized Congress' handling of the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential race in favor of Trump, saying that neither Democrats nor Republicans have taken meaningful steps to deter future efforts to meddle in US elections.

Lawmakers and aides said news of that meeting, and the failure to disclose it, added new urgency to the push to pass the Russian Federation package. Democrats and some Republicans who backed the bill scoffed, saying the problem could have been quickly remedied.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said in a statement that he's open to the House adding North Korea sanctions.

The Russia sanctions legislation was written as an amendment to a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran over issues including its ballistic missile program.

The resolutions must be referred to the committees for consideration, and if one or all of the committees ignore the resolution for 14 days, any member of the House can formally call for a vote on the resolution. Besides establishing the review process, it puts into law sanctions previously imposed on Moscow via presidential executive order and introduces new sanctions.

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