Marc Short, the White House legislative director, told reporters on July 10 that the administration backs the new sanctions on Russia and Iran, but it objects to a provision giving Congress a much greater say on sanctions, Censor.NET reports citing RFE/RL.
That provision would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end the bill's penalties against Moscow.
"Our concern is that the legislation, we believe, sets an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress by not including certain national security waivers that have always been consistently part of sanctions bills in the past," Short said.
The bill to impose new sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the U.S. election and other matters passed the Senate overwhelmingly but has been stalled in the House of Representatives. The bill also imposes new sanctions on Iran.
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