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Democrats introduce new bill on Russia and Iran sanctions
09:56, 13 July 2017
Democrats introduce new bill on Russia and Iran sanctions

There's still no Republican support who have majority of seats both in the U.S. House and the Senate

09:56, 13 July 2017

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Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a new version of a sanctions bill against Russia and Iran on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

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.

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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.

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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.

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