White House Seeks Changes In Senate's Russian Sanctions Bill

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Corker told reporters on July 10 that it's not unusual for a White House to resist congressional oversight of foreign policy. It also introduces additional sanctions on Iran over its human rights record and support for allied Syrian militias.

Democrats have forced debate-limiting on Trump nominees 30 times, the White House said, compared to just eight such "cloture" votes on Obama nominees in 2009.

The House and Senate have been fighting over the Russian Federation sanctions bill since it passed the Senate last month, 98-2.

Democrats, and some Republicans, scoffed.

The authors note that "California Republican's uneasiness underscores the growing anxiety among House GOP Russia hawks, who are concerned that the White House's clandestine lobbying campaign to water down the bill could make them seem soft on Russia". The section of the bill the administration dislikes has strong bipartisan backing.

The White House push to stymie the sanctions bill runs parallel with the administration's widening scandal over collusion with Russian Federation past year. "House Republicans need to end this charade".

House Democrats say the technical tweaks the Senate made last month make it more hard to bring a review resolution to a vote in the House.

Trump, meanwhile, remained behind closed doors on Monday - continuing to avoid the press after he bucked the precedent set by the last two presidents and declined to hold a news conference at the G20 summit.

House Republican leaders said the bill ran afoul of a constitutional requirement that legislation involving revenue start in the House.

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House Republican leaders initially rejected the bill for procedural reasons, prompting the Senate to tweak it.

But a Senate Democratic aide disputed that idea, saying House Democrats, led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., during negotiations, were made aware of the coming changes and signed off on them.

Officials from the Treasury and the State departments met with a bipartisan group of House lawmakers last week to oppose the provision allowing lawmakers to block the president's decision to lift sanctions.

Senators are growing increasingly frustrated with the squabbles in the House over what they view as a dispute over technicalities and not the substance of the package.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), who oversaw the Senate bill, expressed impatience on Monday that the bill had not yet hit the president's desk.

But perhaps more intriguing than these new economic pressures is language that, again per the Washington Post, "included provisions codifying all existing sanctions against Russian Federation and giving Congress the power to block the president if he tries to scale back existing ones". "Everything is still up in the air", he said, after emerging from a meeting with committee chairman Ed Royce and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. "And if he puts the Senate bill on the floor, we will support it".

Trump's attempts to mend relations with Russian Federation have been hindered by allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 USA election and colluded with Trump's campaign.

The legislation also places new penalties on Iran over its ballistic missile program.

Marc Short, Trump's director of legislative affairs, said earlier Monday "the administration is fully supportive of (current Iran and Russia) sanctions". And he said any White House would prefer to conduct foreign policy without Congress, but the administration had not asked him to kill the bill.

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