"Our concern is that the legislation, we believe, sets an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress by not including certain national security waivers that have always been consistently part of sanctions bills in the past", White House legislative director Marc Short told reporters Monday.
Earlier this month, news began emerging on House members reportedly snagging the adoption of the bill citing technical issues. It also introduces additional sanctions on Iran over its human rights record and support for allied Syrian militias.
Congressional aides said sanctions or fines against other countries like those in the bill could be interpreted as affecting USA government revenue. In addition to defense sanctions, the bill contains an energy component, which would impose mandatory secondary sanctions on arctic deep water energy exploration. "I would never take the sanctions off until something is worked out to our satisfaction and everybody's satisfaction in Syria and in Ukraine". Any attempts to alter the legislation would face stiff opposition from congressional Democrats and even a large number of Republicans due to their wariness over Trump's desire for better relations with Moscow.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last month that Trump needs to retain "the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation" with Russian Federation.
Jayapal said the resolution seeks to expose the full extent of the ties between Donald Trump's inner circle and the Kremlin.
"Republicans could put the bipartisan Senate-passed Russian Federation sanctions bill on the President desk tomorrow, but instead they're searching high and low for excuses to drag out the process, weaken the bill, and let Russian Federation and the White House off the hook", spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said.
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"There are some policy issues with respect to making sure that we don't actually inadvertently help Russian oligarchs and oil firms", Ryan said.
"I am a Russian Federation hawk", Ryan said.
They said the bill could have been fixed and passed in the House in a matter of minutes. I have an idea: "pass the new sanctions law", tweeted Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation from 2012 to 2014.
But for now, the bill is stuck in the House, with both sides pointing fingers.
The White House has publicly endorsed the current sanctions regime against Russian Federation, and legislative affairs director Marc Short said this week that the administration supports the new penalties in the bipartisan Senate-passed bill. Seeking to force Republican House leaders to allow a vote, Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced legislation unchanged from what passed the Senate by 98-2 on June 15 but has been stalled ever since.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) questioned explanations behind the slow pace of a bill he sponsored to impose tougher sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran that passed nearly unanimously in the Senate last month, and called for House lawmakers to resolve their differences to move forward on the measure Monday night.
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. "House Republicans need to end this charade".