Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

US Democrats Introduce New Sanctions Bill Against Iran

US Democrats Introduce New Sanctions Bill Against Iran

House Democrats are renewing calls for a vote on an independent commission to investigate Russia's election meddling and ties to the Trump administration.

The document was submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, the Reuters news agency reported.

Democrats have accused Republicans of stalling the bill at the behest of the White House, which is opposed to the provisions giving Congress review power over any easing of Russian Federation sanctions.

Earlier this week, Democrats objected that House Republicans were trying to prevent the minority from ever bringing up a resolution under the bill to block Trump from making changes to sanctions policy, absent Republican approval.

Democrats and Republicans are still fighting over how to implement fresh sanctions against Russian Federation over alleged interference into the 2016 U.S. election.

Congressman Eric Swalweel on his Twitter also accused Don Trump Jr. of "betrayal of the US" stating: "Trump Jr. was willing to betray the USA to cheat for his Dad's campaign".

The issue of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election has become a political weapon in Washington, with Democrats seeking to portray Trump and his Republican party as soft on Russian Federation.

"We are the most powerful country in the world and we are getting more and more powerful because I'm a big military person", Trump said in an exclusive interview with CBN.

Kalina Francis, the spokeswoman for the Democrats on the committee, said no response has been received from Hensarling or Mnuchin. Just 12 percent of Americans-20 percent of Democrats, 12 percent of Independents, and 2 percent of Republicans-rate Trump's relationship with Russian Federation among the top two issues they are concerned about.

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Before Trump Jr. tweeted out the emails of the meeting in question, state-owned RIA Novosti published an article saying that American media "often relies on unnamed sources" to accuse Trump of collaboration with Russian officials.

"Dilly-dallying around about the blue slip issue was just a ridiculous waste of time".

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday he believed the North Korean sanctions bill, which passed almost unanimously in the House in May, should be added to the Russian Federation sanctions measure that passed the Senate one month ago.

The issue has become even more heated since emails released Tuesday showed that Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son, eagerly agreed past year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election.

She plans to offer resolutions that, if not acted on in committee, will then force an entire House vote, something Republicans are likely to try to avoid.

On Friday, Republicans suggested reworking the legislation to add new sanctions on North Korea.

"We relied upon the House, and it was told to us it was technical in that it had the proper sign off", Cardin said.

Check out their full address to the House in the clip above. The implication was that after being re-elected, Obama could be "more flexible" on Russian issues.

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