White House slams Senate Democrats for obstruction on Trump nominees

Trump says he’ll be ‘angry’ if Senate health care bill flops

Trump says he’ll be ‘angry’ if Senate health care bill flops

As the Senate was taking action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that while he agreed "with the sentiment that has been conveyed by several members from both parties that Russian Federation must be held accountable for its meddling in USA elections", he "would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation".

Republican hawks in the Senate expressed confidence Ryan would get the bill passed soon, but there have been signs of frustration in recent days.

Trump has failed to submit names for hundreds of vacant jobs, and the administration has submitted incomplete paperwork or delayed ethics forms for many other nominees, Schumer said.

That provision would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end the bill's penalties against Moscow. It was revealed that 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.

"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.

The House passed a North Korean sanctions bill in May 419-1, but the Senate has not yet taken up any North Korean sanctions measures.

"Our concern is that the legislation, we believe, sets an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress by not including certain national security waivers that have always been consistently part of sanctions bills in the past", Short said.

When the Senate bill sailed through and the House raised the technical issues last month, leaders of both parties in the Senate worked to vote on a new version of the legislation to send back to the House shortly before Trump's first face to face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit.

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Administration officials said sanctions also would be bad for US companies, particularly in the energy sector, who would be punished for doing business with Russian firms. "We could have fixed it in five minutes", Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters. "And I think in a case like Syria where we can get together, do a ceasefire, and there are many other cases where getting along can be a very positive thing", Trump said in an interview with CBN.

"I think the events of the last week only underscore the urgency of getting it passed", said Rep. Adam Schiff (R., Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee that is examining Russian meddling in the election.

"Let's say he is everything we fear that he might be in terms of like a Russian agent", Bergmann said.

A spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., cast the current roadblock as the fault of Republicans.

"I'm a Russian Federation hawk". Instead, according to a Washington Post report, they made clear that "any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics". Specifically, the changed language would only allow the House Speaker - a Republican - to trigger a vote to block Trump from rolling back sanctions. Adding North Korea to the Russian Federation and Iran sanctions measure would ensure speedier Senate consideration.

Nevertheless, Democrats have expressed concerns that, despite his tough talk, Ryan and his Republican colleagues are delaying passage of the bill in an effort to ease sanctions to please the Trump administration.

"I don't believe that having the president's party in a position to protect [Trump] from any oversight is good policy for our country and, in fact, could be unsafe to our country", Hoyer told reporters.

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