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Congress Reaches Deal on 'Sweeping' Russia Sanctions

• by Jason Ditz

This time last week, the Russia sanctions bill was floundering in the House,with efforts by the Republican leadership to tack on sanctions against North Korea complicating matters. Today, House Democrats say a deal has been reached on the matter.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D – MD) reported that the deal will allow for "sweeping" sanctions against Russia, and will also include sanctions against both North Korea and Iran. Officials express hope the deal will be finalized before the August recess.

The key aspect of the bill is that it will dramatically limit the ability of President Trump to ease sanctions on Russia without Congressional permission. The exact scope of the new sanctions aren't clear, and in particular there's been question about the Senate supporting the North Korea sanctions in their version of the bill.