In other words, the Trump administration may (again) be betting that loyalty to the president - or more likely, fear of his political base - will be more important to House Republicans than the omnipresent suspicions over, and investigation into, possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as the president's seeming attempts to dismiss that investigation.
The White House is seeking to influence some GOP House members to ease up on the Senate-passed Russian Federation sanctions, hoping that the lower chamber will provide "administration-friendly" changes, according to Politico. This comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that the new sanctions would hamper diplomacy with Russian Federation.
The measure looks to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for his country's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and to make Iran pay a price for its "continued support of terrorism". It was noted, "the amendment of the Russian Federation will be attached to the pending bill on sanctions against Iran".
The Senate legislation imposes sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. Chuck Schumer of NY, the minority leader, said Wednesday. "Today marks a significant shift of power back to the American people's representatives, something that has been a top priority of mine since becoming the lead Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee more than four years ago".
The bill would also impose sanctions on Iran with regard to its ballistic missile activities that are not linked to the nuclear agreement the Arab country signed with the US and other countries. The measure also would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo. The bill would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end penalties against Moscow. Individuals who carried out cyber attacks on behalf of the Russian government are also targeted.
The bill provides for the consolidation on the legislative level of the sanctions imposed by Executive orders of Barack Obama. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen.
"This is a very, very strong piece of legislation", said Sen.
"We moved to make the Congress, not the President, the final arbiter of sanctions relief when necessary", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.