Democrats fear slowdown of Russia sanctions bill in House

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called Tuesday for the House to vote as soon as possible on the measure.

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, by a vote of 98-2, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would potentially impose additional sanctions against Russian Federation and give Congress the power to delay and/or prevent any action by President Trump to lift or relax sanctions against Russian Federation. But he declined to say how and when the House should proceed and he didn't express concern over potential alterations. "They don't do that with us".

The United States Senate has approved a bill featuring measures to counter Russian influence in Europe and Eurasia, including in Georgia. She said "we will determine a path ahead in the House" after the Foreign Affairs Committee's assessment is complete.

Any substantive changes to the bill would have to be squared with the Senate's version.

"I would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions", he told the panel. An overly aggressive sanctions bill, Tillerson suggested, could lead Moscow to shut off potentially promising talks with Washington.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman has also said that Iran is closely monitoring the process that the Senate bill is undergoing to become a law, adding, "The (Iranian) committee supervising the implementation of the JCPOA will decisively take reciprocal and proportionate measures to fulfill the country's national interests".

The second point, aimed at cybersecurity and cyber-espionage, is considered particularly odd, in view of not only the investigations surrounding President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign but also the conclusion reached by the US intelligence community that Russian Federation had, in fact, intentionally interfered in last year's presidential election in order to help Trump's candidacy. This will include both maintaining existing sanctions and imposing additional ones in response to Russia's illegal activities. The legislation also gives Congress the ability to block Trump from easing sanctions without Congressional approval. The GRU is Russia's military intelligence agency.

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