Dems, GOP Agree on Bill That Weakens Trump on Sanctions

Legislation subjects president to congressional review on sanctions
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2017 12:44 PM CDT
Democrats, Republicans Reach Agreement on Sanctions Bill
Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package. Sen. Chuck Schumer called the legislation "strong" and he expected it to be passed promptly.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It turns out Democrats and Republicans can work together to get legislation done. Reuters reports representatives on both sides of the aisle have agreed on legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The legislation also makes it harder for President Trump to single-handedly relax or end sanctions on Russia, requiring congressional approval to do so, according to USA Today. The House and Senate, which approved an earlier version of the bipartisan legislation last month, still need to vote on it. Then it will head to Trump for approval. "Given the many transgressions of Russia, and President Trump's seeming inability to deal with them, a strong sanctions bill such as the one Democrats and Republicans have just agreed to is essential," Sen. Chuck Schumer says. (Read more sanctions stories.)

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