Congress critturs want say on any Trump Russia sanctions move
Patricia Zengerle, Reuters, Feb 16 2017
FASCHINGSTEIN – Rethug and Demagog members of the Pindo House of Representatives called on Wednesday for the right to review any effort by Pres Trump to ease sanctions on Russia, as a growing number of Congress critturs worried over past contacts between his aides and Moscow. Three Rethug and four Demagog House critturs introduced the “Russian Sanctions Review Act,” a companion bill to a measure introduced in the Senate by a separate group of Rethugs and Demagogs last week. Prospects for both bills are uncertain for now, although that could change if the Trump administration were to move to ease sanctions imposed on Moscow. The Flynn affair has thrown a spotlight on relations with Moscow, which Trump has long said he would like to improve. One sponsor of the House bill, Rep Steny Hoyer, the #2 Demagog in the House, said the bill’s backers would discuss with House leaders whether they would allow the legislation to come up for a vote. Trump’s fellow Rethugs control majorities in both the Senate and House. To date, boss critturs have not moved to advance any new legislation related to sanctions on Russia. Both bills are modeled on a law that let Congress review the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Among other things, the measures would require the Trump administration to submit to Congress a description of any proposed easing of sanctions on Russia, and to certify that Moscow had stopped supporting actions to undermine the government of Ukraine or cyber-attacks on Pindostan or its creeple. The loudest protests about contacts between Trump aides and Russia have come from Demagogs, despite their insistence that investigating Russian influence on the Pindosi election should not be a partisan issue. The Rethugs who co-sponsored the House bill did not attend a news conference about it on Wednesday. Hoyer nonetheless said he expected the bills would be backed by enough Congress critturs of both sexes to withstand any potential veto by Trump.