"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.
That's because Republicans overwhelmingly have responded to revelations about Trump's administration or campaign by voicing confidence in ongoing investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees and Robert Mueller, the former FBI director serving as a special counsel at the Justice Department.
"Russia is interested in building friendly and mutually beneficial relations [with the United States], and we certainly commend all politicians, who pursue the very same objectives", Peskov stated reiterating Putin's earlier statements that Russian Federation had never and would never meddle into the domestic affairs of other countries, where the leadership must be elected by the will of people. Many lawmakers are concerned that absent a congressional check on his authority, the president might try to scale back sanctions against Russian Federation - particularly by returning control to Moscow of two compounds that the Obama administration wrested from Russian Federation in late 2016 as punishment for alleged meddling in the 2016 campaign.
In the month again as we celebrate the courage of our founders, Republicans in Congress have become enablers of the Trump-Russia assault on our democracy.
House Democrats have charged that the change undercuts their ability to oppose any potential attempt by Trump to lift or ease the Russian Federation sanctions.
The sanctions bill incorporates penalties on the Kremlin over election interference and would trigger congressional review in case the administration tries to ease or suspend sanctions on Russian Federation.
Senate Republican leaders are saying they'd be fine with adding North Korea to the bill too, even though that would mean yet another vote the accommodate the House. But no Trump administration official has contacted him to say "we don't want this legislation to pass".
The Senate passed the Iran and Russian Federation sanctions measure last month but the House parliamentarian ruled that late-added language violated the Origination Clause of the Constitution, creating a so-called blue slip issue.
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce of California told CNN that the North Korea addition was one of several options still under consideration as House Republican leaders consider how to deal with the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill.
"Oh, I'm not going to go into hypotheticals", Ryan said at a press conference.
House leaders worked with their Senate counterparts on language to fix the blue slip problem and the Senate passed the updated bill by unanimous consent. The panel's top Democrat, California Sen.
"I think that's easily resolved".
A Treasury spokesman told CNNMoney that the agency "takes responsiveness to congressional requests very seriously and is committed to providing useful and appropriate responses to requests from Congressional members".
Speaker Paul Ryan and House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce have also expressed a desire to get the legislation passed. "I'd be pleased if we could move next week". "Why would I take sanctions off without getting anything?"