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Sunday, July 23, 2017

House to combine Russia, NoKo and Iran sanctions into one bill

The House of Representatives appears ready on Tuesday to combine a sanctions bill on Russia, North Korean and Iran.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) released a chamber's legislative agenda for next week showing that sanctions agains the three human-rights violators will be rolled into one "Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act."

It's like one-stop shopping and be led by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The text of the bill has not been posted by McCarthy.

The Republican-led Senate already overwhelmingly approved a bill that sanctions Russia, coming on the heels of the U.S. intelligence community mostly agreeing the Kremlin meddled in last year's presidential election whereby Donald Trump trounced Hillary Clinton and still is President of the United States of America and she isn't.

Sen. Ben Cardin
It is uncertain whether Trump would sign such legislation passed by the Republican-led Congress, considering his associates have been implicated in colluding with Russia in the meddling. One Trump official was actually observed pouring Russian dressing on his or her salad, which led Maxine Waters to call for President Trump's impeachment.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Saturday that he would've preferred the House adopt the upper chamber's bill, but welcomed the effort.

"A nearly united Congress is poised to sent President Putin a clear message on behalf of the American people and our allies, and we need President Trump to help us deliver that message," Cardin said.