The House And Senate Have Made A Deal On Russia And Iran Sanctions

After weeks of negotiations, the House and Senate are expected to vote on the Russia, Iran and North Korea Sanctions Act on Tuesday.
Posted at 4:32 PM, Jul 22, 2017

The U.S. House and Senate have reached a deal on sanctions for Russia, Iran and North Korea.

Last month, the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation imposing sanctions that target Iran's ballistic missile program and expand U.S. sanctions on Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

But the bill stalled in the House. Republicans raised procedural concerns over certain bill provisions and asked that it be revised.

Leading Democrats accused Republicans of using procedure as an excuse to mask the fact that they're "covering for a president who has been far too soft on Russia."

That's because the bill has a provision requiring the president to get congressional approval to eliminate or weaken sanctions on Russia.

Now, after weeks of negotiations — during which North Korea sanctions were added to the legislation — bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate have come to an agreement.

North Korea wasn't in the original draft because some lawmakers feared the addition would complicate the bill even more.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said a vote is expected to happen Tuesday.