Schumer wants more sanctions slapped on Russia as a “test”


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to pass a Democratic-sponsored Russian sanctions bill as a test to see if President Trump would sign it.

“Given the many transgressions of Russia, and President Trump’s seeming inability to deal with them, a strong sanctions bill such as the one Democrats and Republicans have just agreed to is essential,” Schumer said in a statement Saturday. “I expect the House and Senate will act on this legislation promptly, on a broad bipartisan basis and send the bill to the President’s desk.”

House Democratic leaders introduced the bill on Thursday, and by Saturday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that a vote on the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act will take place on Tuesday.

Identical to a Senate-approved bill on the issue, this bill originated in the House, which is a requirement of all revenue-raising bills, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

“We felt on the Democratic side it was imperative since we hadn’t really made progress and we wanted it clear that we were not the ones stalling the bill, that we do something today to show that we want to move forward,” New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, told reporters.

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