The measure was introduced by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, and Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
While the new bill is identical to what the Senate passed, it will be labeled as House legislation to avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate. The authors hoped to send a message to President Donald Trump to maintain a strong line against Moscow.
However, there was no sign of support from Trump's fellow Republicans, who control majorities in both the House and the Senate and control what legislation comes up for a vote.
As we reported earlier, a new package of economic sanctions on Russia and Iran unacceptably constrains the president’s authority. Marc Short, the White House legislative director, told reporters that the administration backs the new sanctions on Russia and Iran.