Pelosi Plans To Force Republicans To Vote On Russia Sanctions

I've been A Democrat for a week and I wonder what took me so long

I've been A Democrat for a week and I wonder what took me so long

"What happened with Donald Trump Jr. just underscores how Russian Federation was operating", said senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The new bill introduced on Wednesday would eliminate that change to allow House Democrats, as well as Republicans, to force a vote on a resolution of disapproval of any effort to ease Russian Federation sanctions.

Trump's relationship with Russia has been in particularly sharp focus this month because he had his first meeting last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Pelosi-led Democrats used the tactic in February with a call for the Trump administration to release the president's tax returns, and immediately hammered Republicans when they voted the measure down 229-185.

Pelosi called on the president to revoke Kushner's security clearance Friday, but was careful not to call for impeaching Trump, saying that "the laws are certainly clear - when the facts are clear, then this Congress will make a decision in that regard".

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, dismissed the Democrats' action as "grandstanding".

The issue has become even more heated since emails released Tuesday showed that Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son, eagerly agreed past year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election. The resolutions, aimed at getting agencies to produce records for Congress, are in this case a tool House Democrats are using to force a series of debates on issues related to Trump that they say Republicans are trying to avoid.

But the Senate's tweak also changed a provision allowing any House member to force a vote on a resolution to disapprove of easing sanctions, raising new objections from House Democrats. A disapproval resolution would be used by lawmakers to object if President Donald Trump were to ease sanctions on Russian Federation or other countries covered under the measure.

House Democrats are also seeking records pertaining to any conversation the president or his surrogates had about modifying or revoking existing sanctions against Russian Federation, as well as records about the reasons for the president's use of Homeland Security resources to provide protection at the taxpayers' expense.

"Any administration would prefer to conduct foreign policy 100% without involvement by Congress".

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".

Before recess, the Senate passed a new version of the bill to address House concerns about a "blue slip" violation, over the constitutional requirement that revenue bills begin in the House.

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