US House Democrats introduce new Iran, Russia sanctions bill

Democrats in the US House of Representatives have presented a new version of a Russia and Iran sanctions bill, in an apparent message to President Donald Trump who is seeking to improve ties with Moscow.

Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday introduced legislation unchanged from what was passed nearly unanimously by the Senate on June 15.

Senators voted 98-2 to pass the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, to which anti-Russia sanctions were also attached. But it has been stalled ever since.

The legislation is labeled as a House bill to avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate.

Democrats are suggesting that the delay is intentionally engineered by Republicans out of loyalty for President Donald Trump, who opposes imposing extra sanctions on Russia.

Republicans, who control majorities in both the House and the Senate, are not likely to support the bill.

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