RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BILL BLOCKED IN THE HOUSE

House Republicans have blocked the latest Russian sanctions bill according to the Hill.

The bill had passed the U.S. Senate nearly unanimously in a vote 98-2. The only holdouts against the bill were Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

The House Parliamentarian pushed back against the bill, claiming that it should have originated in the House, not the U.S. Senate since it was a revenue-based bill. The U.S. Constitution mandates that all revenue bills begin in the House and then go on to the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee pushed back against suggestions that Republicans were purposely jamming up the bill as a favor to the Trump administration which is against it.

“I am confident working with the Senate and Chairman [Ed] Royce that we can move this legislation forward. So at the end of the day, this isn’t a policy issue, it’s not a partisan issue, it is a Constitutional issue that we will address,” the Congressman said.

Senator Charles Schumer accused the Republicans of acting in bad faith as a favor to the Trump White House.

“Responding to Russia’s assault on our democracy should be a bipartisan issue that unites both Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate. The House Republicans need to pass this bill as quickly as possible,” the Senate Minority Leader said.

Democrats contend that an indention bill would quickly and permanently fix the bill’s constitutional issues.

“[But] I predict this isn’t the last excuse we’ll hear for trying to slow this bill’s momentum, but make no mistake, anything short of an up-or-down vote on this tough sanctions package is an attempt to let Russia off the hook,” said Elliot Engel, the Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee.

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