Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

White House, Dems trade jabs on nominees

White House, Dems trade jabs on nominees

Ryan hinted that the sanction bill may not come to the floor without changes, due to "some policy issues with respect to making sure we don't actually inadvertently help Russian oligarchs and oil firms". Ben Cardin (D-Md.) of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with their Democratic colleagues from their states.

Last month, the Senate had to pass a new version of the Russian Federation sanctions bill to address a "blue slip" constitutional problem that means bills generating revenue must originate in the House.

"If somebody is saying that I agreed to that, they don't have the faintest idea what they're talking about", Hoyer said. "Every day that goes by around here, mischief can happen". However, the bill still needs to pass the House and be signed by US President Donald Trump to become law.

Ryan's public dodge came the same day Christopher Wray, testifying before the Senate to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, stressed that "any threat or effort to interfere with our elections from any nation-state, or any non-state actor" should immediately be reported to law enforcement.

McCarthy, R-Calif, did not tell what Pompeo was referring to.

Her remarks were part of a news conference in which Democrats from various House committees detailed steps aimed at pressuring House Republicans to investigate Trump more aggressively.

Hoyer and other House Democrats argue the sanctions are a needed check on an administration that is too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. They hoped to receive damaging information-courtesy of the Russian government-about Hillary Clinton.

In an attempt to call out what Democrats believe are GOP stalling tactics, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said his party would introduce the original Senate-passed Russian Federation sanctions legislation later Wednesday, essentially daring the majority to act.

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"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, and in fact it'd be unsafe for our country", Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said during his weekly news conference.

The legislation is labeled as a House bill to avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate.

According to a GOP source who attended the weekly House Republican conference meeting, no one raised the issue of Trump Jr.'s emails or details about the meeting at Trump Tower with the Russian Federation representatives.

Still, Russia sanctions have broad bipartisan agreement among lawmakers in both houses of Congress, and would likely pass with enough support to override a potential veto from the White House.

Asked if he'd take meeting with foreign source offering campaign info, @SpeakerRyan says "I'm not going to go into hypotheticals". In particular, the official representative of the Speaker Paul Ryan, Ashley Strong, called the step taken by the Democrats "fussiness". "This is grandstanding and not a serious effort to resolve this issue and hold Russian Federation accountable".

Democrats say they're concerned the stalling tactics could allow the Trump administration to return two Russian compounds in NY and Maryland that the Obama administration seized in December.

The American Petroleum Institute said late last week that the bill would expand a prohibition on US energy companies from being involved in oil projects located in Russia to projects around the world that include Russian energy firms.

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