Under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats are attempting a procedural move to force the House to vote on a measure the President desperately wants to avoid. Reuters is reporting:
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a new version of a Russia and Iran sanctions bill on Wednesday, hoping to send a message to President Donald Trump to maintain a strong line against Moscow.
Seeking to force Republican House leaders to allow a vote, Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced legislation unchanged from what passed the Senate by 98-2 on June 15 but has been stalled ever since.
While the new bill is identical to what the Senate passed, it will be labeled as House legislation to avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate.
However, there was no sign of support from Trump’s fellow Republicans, who control majorities in both the House and the Senate and control what legislation comes up for a vote.
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, dismissed the Democrats’ action as “grandstanding.”
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Representatives Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, and Eliot Engel.
In short, the Democrats have presented the exact bill that passed the Senate which is going to require a vote at some point. There is still some “politicking” to stall the Democrats bill, but this move puts more pressure on House Republicans.
Do you think this bill will ever get through the House?