Senators suggested Monday evening that they expect the Senate will pass new sanctions legislation after North Korea said earlier this month that it tested a hydrogen bomb.
"We have members on our side, and the other side, that have bills here, so we're going to go through it methodically," Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerTrump starts considering Cabinet Trump's secret weapon is Ivanka Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (R-Tenn.) told reporters.
Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Democratic National Convention event calendar Bernie’s ‘revolution’ marches to Philly MORE (D-Md.) added, separately, that two proposals have been introduced in the Senate — one from Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump: 'I hope' Russia is able to get Clinton's emails Syria activists cheer Kaine pick Vulnerable GOP senators praise Kaine MORE (R-S.C) and Robert MenendezRobert MenendezTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal MORE (D-N.J.) and another from Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Behind the scenes on Day 2 of the Republican convention Lobbyists bolting Trump convention early MORE (R-Colo.) — and that he's already had "some conversations with [with Corker] to make sure we have one bill."
The comments come after members of the Foreign Relations Committee, which Corker and Cardin lead, had a closed-door briefing with Obama administration officials on "assessing the recent North Korea nuclear event."
The briefing in the Senate comes as the House is expected to pass new sanctions legislation this week. The legislation, from House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), would block North Korea’s access to hard currency and target its assets for nuclear development.
Corker said that while the briefing with the administration didn't specifically focus on what sort of sanctions Congress should impose, he added, "I think they believe that action by Congress would be helpful."
It's unclear if the Senate could take up the House bill, which is expected to have enough support to pass the lower chamber, or move its own proposal.
Instead, Menendez said that he's had conversations with Corker about the Foreign Relations Committee taking up his legislation and is working to merge it with a separate bill.
"I think we're working with Senator Gardner, who has a bit of a different version, to reconcile it, and see if we can bring it to the chairman in a bipartisan effort," the New Jersey senator said.