US House of Representatives postpones voting for sanctions against Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Republicans transmitted the draft law to the consideration of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
14:57, 20 June 2017


The leadership of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives of the US Congress transmitted the draw law on the expansion of the sanctions against Russia to the expert evaluation to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The draft law passed by the Senate on last week faces the doubtful future at the House of Representatives. The Associated Press reported this.

Eliot Engel, the democratic and committee member claimed about his apprehension that the delay in voting can allow Trump’s administration to slacken the draft law.

‘The Republican leadership should transmit it to the chamber to make the voting possible and then transmit it to the president’, Engel claimed.

Any other variant will slow down the process and will give some time to the White House to soften the measure of bringing Kremlin to responsibility.

Any substantial changes in the draft law should be again agreed with the Senate and it also slows down acceptance of the amendments.

Ashley Strong, the representative of Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House of Representatives claimed that the Congress should do more to bring Russia to responsibility. According to her, the further decision will be made when the Committee on Foreign Affairs finishes the appreciation of the draft law. She did not specify how much time it is going to take and whether the amendments will be accepted or not.  

The White House does not announce the decision of Trump to sign the law or to put a veto on it. At the same time, Rex Tillerson, the United States Secretary of State warned that the offered measures can lead to the end of the dialogue with Moscow.

He addressed to the congressmen asking to give the freedom of maneuvers to the Trump’s administration to have the possibility to strengthen the pressure on Russia if it will be necessary. 

John McCain, the Republican and one of the main critics of Russia in Senate claimed that the USA cannot lose time on the issue of Russia punishment and the USA should to make it clear to Putin that they will not endure the attacks on the democracy. 

The House of Representatives of the US Congress should consider the law and transmit it to the president’s signing to make the law comes into force.

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