dglobalnews.com Nancy Pelosi Calls for Independent Russia Commission
Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
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Nancy Pelosi Calls for Independent Russia Commission

Nancy Pelosi Calls for Independent Russia Commission

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. A deal was not reached in the meeting, according to congressional aides. "We always like to talk". The Senate GOP is facing a slim margin for passage, with a couple of lawmakers already saying they won't approve it. Trump said he'll be at his desk, "pen in hand!" to sign the bill if it passes.

The Senate passed the Iran and Russian Federation sanctions measure last month but the House parliamentarian ruled that late-added language violated the Origination Clause of the Constitution, creating a so-called blue slip issue. "Because from day one I wanted a strong military, he doesn't want to see that". But critically, the bill would give Congress a 30-day window to check the president before he could make any changes to existing sanctions policy against Russian Federation, including scaling back the punitive measure the United States has against Moscow.

But House Democrats are up in arms over the Senate's changes after the chamber passed a new version of the bill two weeks ago, because the revised bill would no longer allow any member of the House to bring a vote on a resolution against the easing of sanctions.

Republicans are sure to vote down the resolution, but Democrats hope it will call attention to their rivals' reluctance to investigate the administration. "No, that I didn't know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this", he said.

Tillerson had the ideal forum to voice concerns and objections when he testified before the Foreign Relations Committee on June 13, the morning after Senate Republicans and Democrats agreed on the Russian Federation sanctions legislation.

The strategy by the progressives (Democrats) of stopping the Trump administration before it really gets started has not had much success.

Democrats have accused House Republicans of stalling the previous sanctions package because of the Trump administration's concern over imposing limits on the U.S. president's decision making powers over Russian Federation.

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Police uses a water cannon during a protest at Schanzenviertel ahead the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany , July 4, 2017. President Donald Trump was met with thousands of protesters when he arrived at meetings in Brussels in May.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters said she and other Democrats on the Financial Services Committee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Treasury secretary to provide any documents related to credit extended by Russian banks or Russian government officials to the president, his immediate family, his associates or his properties and businesses. "It would be considered as a House bill, which would in and of itself cure the serious issue of the "blue slip" constitutional requirement", Hoyer said.

As it stands, only the majority party would be able to bring in a resolution of disapproval, which would now enable Republicans to defend Trump.

Ryan told a news conference he wants to move a strong bill regarding sanctions on Russian Federation as quickly as possible but that the legislation still faced procedural and policy hurdles.

She plans to offer resolutions that, if not acted on in committee, will then force an entire House vote, something Republicans are likely to try to avoid.

Despite a procedural dispute that has snagged the bill, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Wednesday that the House will resolve the issue and get the bill moving as quickly as possible. Energy companies are also raising concerns about several provisions.

Check out their full address to the House in the clip above. Executive actions, foreign policy flare-ups and the probes into Russian election interference have commanded far more of his time.

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