But weakening that provision substantially could provoke resistance from Republicans and Democrats. Sen. Democrats accused Republicans of stalling because of Trump administration concern about a provision setting up a process for Congress to approve any effort by the president to ease sanctions on Russian Federation.
"I'm a Russian Federation hawk". "I believe in strong, bold Russian sanctions". "But I am committed to making sure that this bill passes and that we have sanctions on Iran and Russian Federation". Most significantly, the bill would empower Congress to block steps by the Trump administration to soften or lift those penalties.
In a release, Pelosi explained, "More than 300 requests for information from Democratic Members on these topics and other issues critical to the lives of the American people have gone unanswered by the Trump Administration". "What did the rest of the Trump family know and when did they know it?"
"We've seen a steady stream of very, very worrying information and a growing cloud of smoke around this administration, and the response has been there's nothing there", Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-Paterson, said at a news conference.
"I think this will be a major 2018 election issue", he said, "that Republicans were unwilling to stand up and defend the United States when it was down". "I would never take the sanctions off until something is worked out to our satisfaction and everybody's satisfaction in Syria and in Ukraine". Holding a vote on the sanctions bill, they fear, could lead to similar roadblocks on other bills in the future.
A publicist with ties to a Trump family business partner who served as an intermediary said that it was "obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". "We could have fixed it in five minutes", Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters. "Every day that goes by around here, mischief can happen".
"Somebody said, Donald Trump wants to - I don't want to take them off".
Politico reported Monday that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) is frustrated with GOP leadership stalling and may introduce his own sanctions legislation to get the ball rolling. "This could come up in an instant if there was a will to do it". Earlier this week I called for him to give us a vote on an independent commission, outside, independent commission to investigate the ties to Russian Federation.
Asked on Wednesday if he knew his son was meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June past year, the president said: "No, that I didn't know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this". "Why stop?" said Kathryn Stoner, an worldwide relations professor focused on Russian domestic and global politics at Stanford University.
Congress is keen to take a stronger line against Russian Federation despite Trump pushing for a warmer relationship. The resolutions, aimed at getting agencies to produce records for Congress, are in this case a tool House Democrats are using to force a series of debates on issues related to Trump that they say Republicans are trying to avoid. The Senate-passed bill prohibits Trump from returning the compounds to Moscow without congressional approval.
If Ryan rejects the compromise, Hoyer said that would tell him that House Republicans "are in a protective mode, not a mode of assuring, as the Senate did, that we have significant oversight". It was defeated in a party-line vote.
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.