After the Senate passed the Russia sanctions bill in a landslide vote on Thursday, the Trump administration has asked House GOP members to do everything they can to “slow and block” the legislation, according to Politico.
Democrats in the Senate denigrated the Trump administrations’s meddling. “This isn’t something the administration is calling for us to do,” said Sen. Sharrod Brown (D-Ohio). “I applaud the courage of a number of my Republican colleagues who said no to the administration and did the right thing for the country to keep a foreign power out of our elections.”
However the Trump administrations is worried if sanctions are too strong that it will further detract from already weak relations with Russia. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, tasked with repairing relations with Russia, wants flexibility in the sanctions. “I would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions,” he told lawmakers.
But the desire to put Russia in its place appears to outweigh that of keeping it an ally in Congress. Now Democrats in the House are hoping their colleagues on the other side of the aisle are going to follow the lead of their counterparts in the Senate. Rep. Krysten Sinema (D-Arizona) urged fellow members to hold Russia to strong sanctions.
Russia seeks to undermine American democracy. We must hold them accountable with strong sanctions. https://t.co/wHB3l18q1H
— Kyrsten Sinema (@RepSinema) June 17, 2017
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