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Iran, Russia sanctions bill faces procedural problem in US House

Iran, Russia sanctions bill faces procedural problem in US House

A bill that passed the Senate last week extending financial sanctions on Russia and Iran and making it more hard for President Donald Trump to ease Russian sanctions has encountered a major procedural snag, threatening its quick passage into law. A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said that the Senate bill "cannot be considered in its current form", opening the door to a re-drafted bill that might be more lenient.

But the measure must still pass the House before it can be sent to Trump to sign into law, or veto, and the House parliamentarian found that the legislation violated a constitutional requirement that any bill that raises revenue for the government must originate in the House, something known as a "blue slip" violation.

ADVERTISEMENTThe development marks a major setback after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation, which also includes new sanctions against Iran, last week in a 98-2 vote.

McCarthy said the Senate can fix the bill or the House can write its own sanctions legislation. He didn't provide a timetable for either pathway.

Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the committee's top Democrat, says he's concerned that sending the sanctions bill to the committee will give the Trump administration an opportunity to weaken legislation.

John McCain took another shot at the Trump administration this week when he suggested that Russian Federation is more likely to have seen the new Republican healthcare bill than USA senators.

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A plurality (43 percent) of registered voters in the survey, including 55 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of independents, said they thought the president would try to remove sanctions on Russian Federation, compared with 27 percent - and a slim plurality of Republicans (37 percent vs. 31 percent) - who disagreed.

The Russia sanctions are complicated by the fact that they were passed as part of a larger bill imposing new sanctions against Iran over their ballistic missile tests and the activities of the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Lawmakers who backed the legislation have cited Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and its backing of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine as additional reasons for punishing Moscow.

When the senate passed the measure on June 15, senators in both parties said they were responding to Russia's involvement in Ukraine and alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and to Iran's development of a ballistic missile program, alleged support for terrorism and violations of human rights. An overly aggressive sanctions bill, Tillerson suggested, could lead Moscow to shut off potentially promising talks with Washington. She said "we will determine a path ahead in the House" after the Foreign Affairs Committee's assessment is complete. "The whole issue is so minute".

The Senate-passed bill expressly prevents the administration from turning those facilities back over to Moscow.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, added that Republicans could easily work around the violation by introducing an indention House bill.

Members of the group Ozark Indivisible held a protest in Springdale, a day before Republican senators were set to unveil their health care bill. "A blue slip problem is a procedural hiccup, not an excuse for delaying a critical piece of legislation".


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