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New sanctions on Russia and Iran hit House roadblock

12:15, Wednesday, 21 June, 2017
New sanctions on Russia and Iran hit House roadblock

A bipartisan bill extending financial sanctions on Russia and Iran and making it more difficult for President Trump to ease Russian sanctions has encountered a major procedural snag, threatening its quick passage into law and prompting Democrats to accuse House Republicans of protecting Trump.
     The sanctions bill, known as the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, passed the Senate last week on a 98-to-2 vote. But this week, House staff flagged the bill for violating the constitutional provision that only the House can originate bills raising revenue for the government — creating what is known on Capitol Hill as a “blue slip” violation.
     Fixing the issue might not be a simple matter, with unanimous consent required to expedite any Senate legislation and Republicans preparing to bring complex health-care legislation to the Senate floor.
     Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters Tuesday that his staff had been working “hand in glove” with Senate aides to prevent just this sort of issue. But he said the final bill included “language we had not seen” that was ultimately flagged by the House parliamentarian as a constitutional violation.

Source: ria.ru
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