But we know one thing for sure, we have a responsibility and our oath of office to make sure that Russian Federation does not meddle in our elections again.
Opposition to the June sanctions bill was not restricted to Capitol Hill. Administration officials have raised concerns that the bill will hamstring the president in talks with the Kremlin.
House Republican leaders said they had not taken up the original Senate bill because it violated a constitutional requirement that all legislation affecting government revenues originate in the House, known as a "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.
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. He eventually agreed to the fix, but urged the House not to weaken the legislation amid reports that administration officials were expressing discomfort with the bill's effect on executive authority.
Another bump cropped up toward the end of June. "We told them to give us whatever language they want on that".
Of course, few - if any - of the amendments directly dealing with the President are likely to get a vote on the House floor, as the Republican-led House Rules Committee decides which amendments are "in order" for votes and which get tossed out.
Adding North Korea to the Russian Federation and Iran sanctions measure would ensure speedier Senate consideration.
Seven members of Congress announced that they would introduce Resolutions of Inquiry on Friday as part of the coordinated effort.
The resolutions, to be filed with a half-dozen committees, would enable a member to force a vote in committee or potentially on the House floor.
"The White House has not lobbied the committee", the aide said.
But AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, blamed House Democrats for holding up the bill unnecessarily.
The US has leveled multiple sets of sanctions on Russian Federation in recent years.
"Tonight, House Republicans made themselves accomplices to hiding President Trump's tax returns from the American people", she said in a press conference in February.
She went on to list potential charges without providing further context: "Criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States, impeding the lawful administration of a federal election or to make an offense against the United States, cybercrime, hacking against U.S. citizens-the Clinton campaign".
"The issue is, is the House going to take up Russian Federation sanctions or not?"
It's also a prime opportunity for Democrats to try to force politically hard votes on Republicans dealing with President Donald Trump's business ties, his family members in the administration and his relationship with Russian Federation.
"I resent that anybody would even consider it to be a stunt", Pascrell said. "It's not a Senate issue in any form or fashion".
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