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Here's what you need to know about the USA sanctions on Russian Federation

Here's what you need to know about the USA sanctions on Russian Federation

As the Senate was taking action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that while he agreed "with the sentiment that has been conveyed by several members from both parties that Russian Federation must be held accountable for its meddling in US elections", he "would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation".

The question of new Russian sanctions has been raised by a number of senators in both parties after the intelligence community announced in January its conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of President Donald Trump. The measure is a rebuke of Trump by limiting his ability to act unilaterally.

Waters asked Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at a hearing on Wednesday whether the USA central bank had uncovered anything about Trump in its Deutsche regulatory work.

Lawmakers and aides said administration officials had held meetings in Congress in the past few weeks to express their concerns about the measure.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) questioned explanations behind the slow pace of a bill he sponsored to impose tougher sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran that passed nearly unanimously in the Senate last month, and called for House lawmakers to resolve their differences to move forward on the measure Monday night. But, he added: "The way it is now drafted is a way neither a Republican nor a Democratic administration could support". The White House and the Kremlin have denied there was any interference in the election.

The US has leveled multiple sets of sanctions on Russian Federation in recent years.

The Senate quickly approved a revised version of the bill, but House Democrats objected to having their power curtailed.

Problems arose in part because the Senate version would have allowed any single member of Congress to force a vote.

"We strongly support the earliest possible House consideration and passage of Iran sanctions legislation", AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittmann said.

Both Ryan and McCarthy said they've been told that US companies have objected to the energy-specific sanctions in the bill, which oil and gas manufacturers have said could harm American businesses while strengthening the hand of Russian interests. He said "dilly dallying" over a constitutional issue that has slowed the bill's passage in the House has amounted to "a ridiculous waste of time".

The delay has frustrated Democrats, and some of Trump's fellow Republicans, who think the president is so eager to improve relations with Russian Federation that he will not retaliate for Moscow's global aggression.

On Friday, Republicans suggested reworking the legislation to add new sanctions on North Korea.

That provision would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end the bill's penalties against Moscow.

And the State Department has confirmed ongoing discussions about Moscow's demand for the return of two diplomatic compounds seized by the Obama administration in December in response to USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation conducted a broad campaign to disrupt the election on Trump's behalf.

Nonetheless, Pelosi seems convinced that Trump's inner circle crossed a legal line in meeting with a Russian government lawyer they believed would provide opposition research on Hillary Clinton - a meeting Pelosi said is "cold, hard evidence" that the Trump campaign "eagerly meant to collude with Russia", and pulls matters into "new territory".

Senate Foreign Affairs Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said the House can address Democrats' concerns on its own about who can initiate a review of presidential action on sanctions. "This issue is easy to fix, fix it, send us back the bill - don't use it as an excuse not to pass the bill". "It will be done".

"Well he wants what's good for Russian Federation, and I want what's good for the United States". "The sooner we can get this done, the better". The bill directs the president to impose sanctions on any entity that knowingly contributes to Iran's ballistic missile program or other programs to develop vehicles to deliver weapons of mass destruction.

U.S. President Donald Trump said the same day that there are many areas besides Syria where the two countries can cooperate and that it would be a welcomed development.