It has just been announced that on Tuesday the House is set to vote on legislation that would effectively limit President Trump and his administration’s ability to perform certain Presidential actions.
The Trump administration urged Congress to keep it light and not limit the White House’s ability to lift sanctions too much, but that request fell on deaf ears.
It took weeks of procedural hangups that slowed the legislation down to get to this point. Last month in a 98-2 decision, Congress approved new economic sanctions for Russia.
Finally an agreement on Trump’s ability to limit those sanctions has been met. On Saturday, Republican and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that on Tuesday a vote will be held on the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act.
Democrat Steny Hoyer spent weeks creating legislation that McCarthy would approve. In a statement, Hoyer said he was:
‘…pleased (that) both parties in the House and Senate have reached (an) agreement on sanctions legislation that will hold Russia and Iran accountable for their destabilizing actions around the world.’
‘The legislation ensures that both the Majority and Minority are able to exercise our oversight role over the Administration’s implementation of sanctions.’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a statement Saturday saying that he fully expects the House and Senate to act quickly on the legislation.
‘Given the many transgressions of Russia, and President Trump’s seeming inability to deal with them, a strong sanctions bill such as the one Democrats and Republicans have just agreed to is essential.’
Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat who is also a Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member, is of the same mind as Sen. Schumer, and said in a statement:
‘A nearly united Congress is poised to send President Putin a clear message on behalf of the American people and our allies, and we need President Trump to help us deliver that message.’
The bipartisan effort also garnered a statement from Sen. Sharrod Brown of Ohio, who said:
‘This tough,, comprehensive sanctions bill holds North Korea and Iran accountable for their actions and sends a clear message to Moscow that the United States will not tolerate Russian attacks on democracy – from interference in our elections to aggression in Ukraine.’
The long awaited vote will finally come to fruition next week.
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