Dems Read Trump Jr's 'Smoking Gun' Emails on House Floor

Donald Trump Jr speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio US

However, the bill still needs to pass the House and be signed by US President Donald Trump to become law.

"Instead of defending the integrity of American democracy, instead of holding the Trump White House accountable for its complicity, instead of showing Russian Federation that there will be consequences, the House Republican majority does nothing", Pelosi asserted.

Democrats have accused House Republicans of stalling the sanctions package because of Trump administration concern about provisions setting up a process for Congress to approve any effort by the president to ease sanctions on Russian Federation.

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.

Cardin said the Bill should have been passed because of Russian interference in last year's USA elections, occupation of parts of Ukraine and Georgia and support of the Syrian government.

House Republican leaders initially rejected the Bill for procedural reasons, prompting the Senate to tweak it.

The Senate backed the sanctions legislation by 98-2 on June 15 but it has been stuck in the House of Representatives, amid partisan squabbling between Republicans and Democrats.

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

One senior GOP House aide familiar with the discussions tells CNN that the House Foreign Affairs Committee supports moving ahead quickly with the bill that passed the Senate, and Chairman Ed Royce's "patience is going to run out at some point".

The Senate changed the bill to address that issue, but also tweaked it in a way that Democrats said weakened a provision requiring Congress to approve any effort by the president to ease sanctions on Russian Federation.

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.

"I don't believe that having the president's party in a position to protect him from any oversight is good policy for our country", Hoyer told reporters.

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.

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.



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