"Instead of defending the integrity of American democracy, instead of holding the Trump White House accountable for its complicity, instead of showing Russian Federation that there will be consequences, the House Republican majority does nothing".
The bill would enable the legislative branch to halt a reversal or lifting of sanctions by the White House with a majority vote.
US Democrats in the House of Representatives frustrated by the delay in implementing an earlier sanctions package against Iran and Russian Federation introduced a new sanctions bill yesterday. The Russia sanctions measure passed by the Senate is part of a broader bill that also includes new sanctions on Iran. Many lawmakers are concerned that absent a congressional check on his authority, the president might try to scale back sanctions against Russian Federation - particularly by returning control to Moscow of two compounds that the Obama administration wrested from Russian Federation in late 2016 as punishment for alleged meddling in the 2016 campaign.
The administration stayed on the sidelines as lawmakers crafted the legislation popular with Republicans and Democrats alike.
The fight over the House language is the latest twist for a bill that passed the Senate almost a month ago.
"For anyone to expect us to understand and trust them, and give them back locations in which they were spying on us is simply absolutely ludicrous and against the best interest of the United States", Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat, told CNN Friday.
A lawyer for Donald Trump Jr. did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
"Dilly-dallying around about the blue slip issue was just a ridiculous waste of time".
The Senate quickly approved a revised version of the bill, but House Democrats objected to having their power curtailed. "Our Republican colleagues must wake up and hold the president accountable".
House Republican leaders want to attach a bill increasing sanctions on North Korea to legislation to restrain the president and stiffen punitive measures against Russian Federation and Iran, a last-minute wrinkle that could further delay the bill's progress through Congress.
She plans to offer resolutions that, if not acted on in committee, will then force an entire House vote, something Republicans are likely to try to avoid.
White negotiations continue in the House about how to push the sanctions bill past a procedural dispute, oil and gas companies as well as other private-sector players are raising concerns to lawmakers about language in the legislation that might restrict their ability to do business with Russia-connected entities.
"We will expose House Republicans' inaction, with their willful, shameful enabling", Pelosi said.
Texas lawmakers and energy companies have raised concerns about the way the sanctions could affect the USA energy sector, although the Senate disagrees that it's an issue.
Check out their full address to the House in the clip above.