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Democrats fear slowdown of Russia sanctions bill in House

Democrats fear slowdown of Russia sanctions bill in House

US President Donald Trump should veto the new Congressional sanctions against Russian Federation and prevent the lawmakers from creating a "boogeyman" out of Moscow, says an American analyst.

The US Senate on Thursday passed a bill on new sanctions against Iran.

In a statement Monday, the panel's top Democrat, congressman Eliot Engel of NY, says he's anxious the White House will attempt to weaken the bill.

"Republican leadership should bring it straight to the floor without delay so the House can vote on it and send it to the president's desk", Engel said in a statement.

McCain has been pushing for hitting Moscow with additional sanctions ever since US intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow ordered a hidden campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The measure, passed by a vote of 98 to 2, includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and alleged "continued support for terrorism". Such a move would trigger an outcry among Democrats and some Republicans.




Corker is the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

As reported Корреспондент.netWhite house plans via Republicans in the House of representatives to amend the bill on new sanctions against Russian Federation with the aim of obtaining trump the possibility of their amendment or repeal.

Any substantive changes to the bill would have to be squared with the Senate's version.

CRIEEA would also effectively codify into law various Executive Orders issued by the Obama administration in order to impose sanctions against various Russian government officials and business entities involved in Russia's occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine, certain sectors of the Russian economy (such as Russia's financial and oil production sectors) and government officials, agencies and other parties involved with the Russian government's malicious cyber activities. The legislation also gives Congress the ability to block Trump from easing sanctions without Congressional approval.

The Obama administration struck back at Moscow in late December with a series of penalties aimed at Russia's leading spy agencies, the GRU and FSB, that the US said were involved.

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