Sunday, July 23, 2017

Congress agrees on Russia sanctions, setting up showdown with Trump


Congressional negotiators from both parties agreed Saturday on a bill to punish Moscow for meddling in the US presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

The measure would handcuff President Trump’s ability to ease the sanctions on his own.

Trump would have to explain to Congress why he wants to ease sanctions. Lawmakers would then have 30 days to allow or reject the move.

"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,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.


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