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Here's what you need to know about the U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation

Here's what you need to know about the U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation

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.

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.

New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House foreign affairs committee, charged that adding the North Korean sanctions legislation was "silly" and said, "It's clear to me they are trying to kill" the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce told reporters earlier Friday that he was working on a bipartisan sanctions measure that could see floor action as soon as next week.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House speaker Paul Ryan, said Democrats still were objecting to moving the Bill in its current form.

"There is no question that we need to apply more pressure to North Korea", the Tennessee Republican said.

Last month, the Senate had to pass a new version of the Russian Federation sanctions bill to address a "blue slip" constitutional problem that means bills generating revenue must originate in the House. "Chairman Royce and I have discussed the desire of some House members to add North Korea provisions to the Senate's legislation to sanction Iran and Russian Federation, and we would be more than glad to take a close look at it if this is the path they choose".




House leaders worked with their Senate counterparts on language to fix the blue slip problem and the Senate passed the updated bill by unanimous consent.

The U.S. energy industry has been lobbying against the bill and some Republican House members, particularly from oil-producing states, have said they might want changes.

"While the new bill is identical to what the Senate passed [last month], it will be labeled as House legislation to avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate", reads the report.

Trump administration officials have been meeting with lawmakers to argue against some parts of the Bill, including the requirement that Trump obtain Congress' permission before easing any sanctions.

The addition of the House's North Korean sanctions bill would be yet another twist for the Senate's legislation that includes both Russian Federation and Iranian sanctions, which passed 98-2 one month ago.

"They [Republicans] have become enablers of the violation of our Constitution, the attack on the integrity of our elections, the security of our country", Pelosi said. "So, we are on board to just proceed". "That is the attitude that he and his family have brought to the White House: an arrogance about being above the law, that they are not accountable".