Ryan set to move Rus­sia sanc­tions bill

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan pledged Wed­nes­day to pass a Rus­sia sanc­tions bill, an ef­fort that has stalled be­cause of a con­sti­tu­tional is­sue.

“I’m a Rus­sia hawk,” said Ryan, R-Wis. “We want to move this Rus­sia sanc­tions bill.”

The sanc­tions leg­is­la­tion, which also would hit Iran with new eco­nomic penal­ties, passed with 98 votes in the Se­nate but stalled in the House af­ter the GOP cited a con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ment that leg­is­la­tion in­volv­ing rev­enue start in that cham­ber.

House Democrats late Wed­nes­day in­tro­duced the orig­i­nal Se­nate bill as a House mea­sure, a move they said would set­tle the con­sti­tu­tional ques­tion and re­tain bi­par­ti­san over­sight of po­ten­tial sanc­tions re­lief.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chair­man of the For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, urged the House to act quickly.

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