Pelosi Plans To Force Republicans To Vote On Russia Sanctions

White House criticizes Russia sanctions stalled in House

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, dismissed the Democrats' action as "grandstanding".

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R - CA) says the USA needs to send a "very strong statement" by putting North Korea into the sanctions bill that was supposed to be about Russian Federation.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce of California told CNN that the North Korea addition was one of several options still under consideration as House Republican leaders consider how to deal with the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill. "I'm trying to do a bipartisan bill, so I'm totally deferential to the decision made by all of the parties at the table".

Multiple House GOP aides say there are a couple of snags that are now being discussed at the leadership level.

Multiple procedural issues between the House and Senate have stalled the bill in the House, prompting Democrats to accuse House Republican leaders of trying to delay the bill at the White House's urging.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a new version of a Russian Federation and Iran sanctions bill, thus sending a clear signal to President Donald Trump to maintain a strong line against Moscow.

Trump's sporadic salesmanship on the bills and ambitions lingering on Capitol Hill has become a defining characteristic of the complicated relationship between the president and congressional Republicans.

The House passed a standalone North Korea sanctions bill in May on a 419 - 1 vote, but the Senate has yet to take up the measure.

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Most recently, the Senate voted 97-2 to pass a measure that would tighten sanctions on Russian Federation, and would prevent the White House from unilaterally easing or removing sanctions imposed earlier by the Obama administration. Energy companies are also raising concerns about several provisions.

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"For anyone to expect us to understand and trust them, and give them back locations in which they were spying on us is simply absolutely ludicrous and against the best interest of the United States", Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat, told CNN Friday.

"But weighing the equities, what was more important was passing the Russia-Iran sanctions bill", the California Democrat said.

Resolutions addressing the Russian sanctions are scheduled before the House Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committee, according to the report from Politico.

House Democrats' objection stems from language in the updated bill that would have removed the ability of a disapproval resolution to be brought up under a privileged motion, removing the ability of the minority to call up a vote.

The measure was introduced by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, and Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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