The upshot is that Trump, still eager for a big win on Capitol Hill, may face a hard choice instead: Sign the sanctions bill into law and possibly scuttle his bid for a new partnership with Russian Federation or veto the legislation, set off an outcry and risk having that decision overturned by Congress.
Democrats rejected the suggestion as another tactic by Republicans supporting White House objections to the bill.
"Russia is interested in building friendly and mutually beneficial relations [with the United States], and we certainly commend all politicians, who pursue the very same objectives", Peskov stated reiterating Putin's earlier statements that Russian Federation had never and would never meddle into the domestic affairs of other countries, where the leadership must be elected by the will of people.
The House rules committee made the first batch of 85 amendments in order Tuesday evening, with only a couple dealing with Russian Federation, and none of the amendments tied to Trump's businesses.
It's also a prime opportunity for Democrats to try to force politically hard votes on Republicans dealing with President Donald Trump's business ties, his family members in the administration and his relationship with Russian Federation.
But Democrats are furious at the change, which they see as a last-minute effort by one of the president's closest allies in Congress to derail the Russia-Iran sanctions bill just as congressional leaders had agreed on a way to resolve their differences. The Senate-passed sanctions bill would prevent Trump from returning the compounds without congressional consent. She said House Republicans are fully prepared to coordinate with the Senate and move the bill forward, "but House Democrats are blocking that and demanding their own changes to the bill". But no Trump administration official has contacted him to say "we don't want this legislation to pass". House Republican leaders said the bill ran afoul of a constitutional requirement that legislation involving revenue start in the House.
Most recently, the Senate voted 97-2 to pass a measure that would tighten sanctions on Russian Federation, and would prevent the White House from unilaterally easing or removing sanctions imposed earlier by the Obama administration.
The House passed a new package of sanctions on North Korea in May by 419-1, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said on Thursday his committee would be taking it up soon.
Maryland senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, described the issue as one of interpretation. "I don't think that's a hold up", he said.
The Trump Russia scandal has spread to Congress as Democratic Reps.
Despite a procedural dispute that has snagged the bill, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Wednesday that the House will resolve the issue and get the bill moving as quickly as possible. And Treasury and State Department officials expressed concern over the congressional review clause with House staff last week, the Associated Press reported.
The senators' measure would give Congress review power over any changes the president might try to make to North Korea sanctions policy that is nearly identical to the review power over Russia sanctions written into the Russia-Iran bill.
An assistant United States attorney in a January court hearing in NY said the federal government had bypassed the normal visa process and granted a "type of extraordinary permission" so that her client could be in the U.S.to be deposed in a Justice Department lawsuit involving a Russian investment firm. "Why would I take sanctions off without getting anything?"