Bob Corker says no deal yet on Russia sanctions bill
The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that the announcement of an agreement on a bill to impose sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea was premature.
“We still have a little work to do,” Senator Bob Corker told reporters at the U.S. Senate. However, he said he expected differences over the bill could be resolved quickly.
Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives and Senate Democrats had announced on Saturday that they had reached an agreement on legislation, which had been stalled for more than a month by differences between the two chambers over wording of the bill.
But Corker said that announcement “seemed somewhat premature.”
“It’s not quite done, but it feels like it’s moving to a good place,” Corker said. He said issues included North Korea sanctions that were added to a bill including sanctions on Iran and Russia that passed the Senate overwhelmingly in June.
The Senate passed the bill by a 98-2 vote on June 15. But it stalled in the House of Representatives as officials from President Donald Trump’s administration met with lawmakers and told them he had concerns about provisions of the legislation, including requiring that the president get Congress’ approval before easing any sanctions on Moscow.
On Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump would examine whether the bill was offering the “best deal” for the American people, and then decide whether he would support it.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by David Alexander and James Dalgleish)