House to vote on Russia sanctions deal next week

House to vote on Russia sanctions deal next week
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The House is slated to vote Tuesday on bipartisan legislation to limit the Trump administration's ability to lift sanctions on Russia.

The White House had urged lawmakers to water down the provisions limiting its ability to lift sanctions. But the legislation is expected to head to President Trump's desk without the requested changes.


Procedural hangups had stalled the legislation in the House for weeks after the Senate passed it by a vote of 98-2 last month but negotiators reached a deal that was unveiled on Saturday.

The legislation will be considered under an expedited process that requires a two-thirds majority for passage. That also means it'll pass by a veto-proof majority.

In addition to imposing new sanctions on Russia, the legislation allows lawmakers to vote to block the Trump administration from making changes to sanctions policy.

Next week's vote on the sanctions legislation will come amid investigations of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.

The sanctions package will be one of the last items on the House agenda before lawmakers are scheduled to leave for the monthlong August recess at the end of next week.

House Democrats had been objecting to a provision inserted by GOP leaders that allowed only the majority party to force a vote on a resolution approving or disapproving of the Trump administration's sanctions policy.

Under the deal unveiled Saturday, either the House majority or minority leader can introduce such a resolution.

"The legislation ensures that both the majority and minority are able to exercise our oversight role over the administration’s implementation of sanctions," said House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote Pelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations MORE (D-Md.), who pushed for the revision in talks with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyKinzinger: Republicans who join 'America First' caucus should be stripped of committees McCarthy: GOP not the party of 'nativist dog whistles' Pro-Trump lawmakers form caucus promoting 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MORE (R-Calif.).

But some Democrats worry the minority leader won't be guaranteed a vote on a resolution of disapproval even if it is introduced.

The legislation includes sanctions on Iran as punishment for its ballistic missile development. Negotiators further added North Korea sanctions to the package in the latest version of the bill.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire MORE (D-Calif.) expressed concern the addition of North Korea sanctions could add procedural delays in the Senate, even though she supports them. 

"It is essential that the addition of North Korea to this package does not prevent Congress from immediately enacting Russia sanctions legislation and sending it to the President's desk before the August recess," Pelosi said in a statement.

The House had passed North Korea sanctions legislation earlier this spring by a vote of 419-1, which will now be included.

Updated: 1:49 a.m.