Trump administration scrambled to weaken Senate Russia sanctions bill last week

Another Russian crisis for Trump: White House tries to stop new law which would force punitive anti-Putin sanctions which president could not override

The legislation would impose new sanctions and make it tougher for Mr. Trump to lift sanctions on Russian Federation by inserting a congressional review provision to prevent unilateral action by the White House.

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.

The bill also creates a congressional review process should Trump try to ease current sanctions.

Further hitting out at the Democrats in the Senate, Short said they have delayed crucial appointments made by President Trump in an attempt to obstruct the will of the American people and the president's agenda. "Democrats in the Senate have shown they are willing to break irresponsibly with tradition that allows a President to choose his own appointees in a timely fashion", he added.

With a pause on Capitol Hill because of the July 4th recess, many are taking stock of the prospects for the Senate passed legislation meant to dramatically expand sanctions on Russian Federation.

Popular legislation that would limit President Donald Trump's ability to lift financial sanctions on Russian Federation is mired in a partisan dispute in the House, with Democrats charging that a recent change would weaken the bill.

"Republicans could put the bipartisan Senate-passed Russian Federation sanctions bill on the President desk tomorrow, but instead they're searching high and low for excuses to drag out the process, weaken the bill, and let Russian Federation and the White House off the hook", spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said.

"Right now, we have a procedural issue", Ryan said.

The US has leveled multiple sets of sanctions on Russian Federation in recent years. "He could legitimately go to Vladimir Putin and say, 'I'm going to sign this, because it doesn't matter if I do or if I don't, and if I don't sign it I'll be hammered, it will be a huge embarrassment, ' so I don't see how he doesn't sign it". "And I think in a case like Syria where we can get together, do a ceasefire, and there are many other cases where getting along can be a very positive thing", Trump said in an interview with CBN. "And the fix is fixed", Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Monday. "I think the president has to have some flexibility here just in case there is reason to respond positively to things Russian Federation does". Specifically, the changed language would only allow the House Speaker - a Republican - to trigger a vote to block Trump from rolling back sanctions.

Congress sought to craft the latest Russian Federation sanctions legislation (other provisions hit Iran) in a way that would both apply new sanctions and give Congress the ability to review any administration efforts to peel back sanctions unilaterally.

Russian Federation has been contemplating its own new wave of counter-sanctions specifically aimed at the ones that Barack Obama brought in back in December 2016. In other words, no Democrat in the House could do so.

Pelosi-led Democrats used the tactic in February with a call for the Trump administration to release the president's tax returns, and immediately hammered Republicans when they voted the measure down 229-185. The new bill would preserve Democrats ability to force a vote as well as solve the constitutional problem that the House GOP said needed fixing in the first place.

"I don't believe that having the president's party in a position to protect him from any oversight is good policy for our country", Hoyer told reporters.

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