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The bill has been awaiting a House vote for nearly a month, since the Senate passed it 98-2.

It is a privilege Congress has infrequently awarded itself - such as in 2015, when lawmakers insisted on a chance to weigh in on the Iran nuclear deal - as presidents are typically afforded broad discretion to impose and lift financial sanctions as a foreign policy tool.

"Any administration would prefer to conduct foreign policy 100 percent without involvement from Congress", Corker said. It was revealed that the USA energy industry has been lobbying against the bill and some Republican House members, particularly from oil-producing states, have said they might want changes. I have an idea: "pass the new sanctions law", tweeted Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation from 2012 to 2014. According to Politico, an amendment to the bill in the Senate leaves that authority with the majority, a change that was passed by unanimous consent despite a last-minute warning from Hoyer to Benjamin Cardin. For complete details on the extensive new Russian Federation restrictions contained in the bill, please see Crowell & Moring's June 19 Client Alert.

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"Russia doesn't have the capacity to fully develop its energy without foreign investment, so by putting sanctions on foreign energy companies that would go in and invest in Russian Federation, that would ... really hurt Russia's ability to develop these resources", Bergmann said.

"We strongly support the earliest possible House consideration and passage of Iran sanctions legislation", AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittmann said.

A group of high-ranking members of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress has presented a new version of the draft law stipulating sanctions against Russian Federation and Iran.

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

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WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) dismissed the most recent disclosures of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer for dirt on Hillary Clinton, telling reporters that he wanted to wait on various Russian Federation probes to conclude before commenting.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters today that President Trump "is committed to maintaining the existing sanctions against Russian Federation, until Moscow reverses the aggressive actions against Ukraine that triggered the sanctions".

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 the House passes the bill and sends it to the president's desk, a veto is unlikely.

The economic sanctions are part of a package that also places sanctions on Iran.

Texas lawmakers and energy companies have raised concerns about the way the sanctions could affect the United States energy sector, although the Senate disagrees that it's an issue.

"Today we are announcing a new coordinated effort to force votes to get answers for the American people".

Corker pointed to a speck of dust on the floor and told reporters that focusing on the procedural issues Ryan's team has used to explain the House's slow going on Russian Federation sanctions would be like focusing on the speck of dust.

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