According to top White House officials and advisers quoted by the Post, President Donald Trump "is enraged that the Russian Federation cloud still hangs over his presidency and is exasperated that his eldest son and namesake has become engulfed by it". He has the power to sign bills that Republican legislators have long favored, and their political fortunes are tied to his popularity.
"Not only are the key national security, energy, financial, and regulatory positions left unfilled, procedural slowdowns have kept the senate committees from doing other legislative work", he said.
The White House seems committed to running interference with regards to the sanctions bill.
The Senate bill passed with a margin of 98-2 and appeared on track for quick approval in the House.
"This is all doing nothing but helping Russian Federation", said Corker, R-Tenn.
The petroleum association said the expansion would penalize USA oil companies, not just Russian companies, and cost them potentially billions of dollars in jobs and economic activity.
Officials from the State and Treasury Departments met with both Republican and Democratic congressional aides last week to express concerns about the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill, two senior congressional staffers confirmed to CNN. "They all attacked Donald Trump, trying to stop him", says a narrator. The legislation also expands sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile tests and the activities of the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Adam Schiff says Schiff said those issues would fall under the scope of the larger probe, including the Trump campaign's data analytics.
He said it makes sense for Republicans to use the so-called "nuclear option" to push through legislation with 51 Senate votes, as opposed to the 60 that have traditionally been required to break a filibuster.
Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, accused Senate Democrats of "conducting the slowest confirmation process in American history" and Schumer of running "an unprecedented campaign of obstruction".
The Democrats' abuse of the "blue slip" process has prevented President Trump from filling many judicial vacancies. "You'll have to take that up with the White House", Burr said. The section of the bill the administration dislikes has strong bipartisan backing.
It is a privilege Congress has infrequently awarded itself - such as in 2015, when lawmakers insisted on a chance to weigh in on the Iran nuclear deal - as presidents are typically afforded broad discretion to impose and lift financial sanctions as a foreign policy tool.
Marc Short, the White House legislative director, told reporters that the administration backs the new sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran.
Officials from the Treasury and State departments met last week with House congressional staff to voice their concerns over the congressional review section of the bill.
His comments past year about Trump resemble some by Republican incumbents, such as Sen. "I think you have quite plainly, just in the four corners of these emails that have now been released - and the authenticity is not in question", Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told "CBS This Morning" program.
But Tillerson was ambiguous when Sen.
"The issue is does the House want to pass a Russian Federation sanctions bill or not?"
Separately, a Republican aide said House leaders were confident the sanctions package would be approved before Congress leaves for the August recess.