Friday, June 16, 2017

Congress Moves To Tie Trump's Hands In His Numerous Attempts To Sell Out To Putin


Only Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) opposed the Russia sanction bill that passed the Senate with 97 votes on Wednesday. It’s pretty incredible when you take into account that the legislation allows Congress to block Putin’s cockholder from even easing— let alone ending— sanctions against Russia. The House is unlikely to go along with the bipartisan Senate package attached to an Iran sanctions bill, but House Republicans voting no will further jeopardize many of them who have to face angry voters in 2018. Sherrod Brown told reporters that “People in the White House, we hear, are making calls in the House to try to stop it, slow it, weaken it, dilute it.” Can you imagine Trump signing it? Will he have one of his goofy ceremonies to show people he has some kind of a function besides tweeting and golfing?

The bill, which is the first time Senate Republicans stood up to Trump since Putin installed him, was co-sponsored by senior GOP heavy-weights: Majority Leader McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Bob Corker.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined to support the measure when he appeared before the House Foreign Affairs and Appropriations Committees on Wednesday.

"I would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the President to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation," Tillerson told lawmakers. "Essentially, we would ask for the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue."

In addition to curbing the White House's power to act unilaterally with regard to Russia, the bill calls for imposing new sanctions on the Kremlin's military-intelligence and energy sectors and "prohibiting access to the properties of the Government of the Russian Federation" that Obama ordered vacated last December.

If passed, the measure could hamper ongoing talks between Trump administration officials and their Kremlin counterparts to remove the "irritants" in their relationship, beginning with the return of Russia's diplomatic compounds that were seized by Obama last year.
The Trump crusade on behalf of Putin lies at the bottom of many of the investigations into Trump and his family and cabinet that has made his regime the most scandal-ridden in contemporary American history. McCain particularly, seems eager to portray the Senate as grabbing power from a weak, corrupt and confused White House. McCain is eager to see Congress take as much foreign policy power away from the easily bought-off Trump as possible. (Recall, the Senate almost succeeded in blocking Trump’s crazy arms sale to Saudi Arabia as well.)

The companion House bill, introduced by Steny Hoyer, has 43 cosponsors including Republicans Tom Rooney (FL), Adam Kinzinger (IL), Mike Turner (OH), Tom Cole (OK), Mike Simpson (ID), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Mike Kelly (PA) plus electorally vulnerable Republicans increasingly desperate to separate themselves from Trump’s toxicity at every opportunity, like Mike Coffman (CO), Leonard Lance (NJ), Pat Meehan (PA), Charlie Dent (PA), Barbara Comstock (VA), Peter Roskam (IL), Ryan Costello (PA) and Brian Mast (FL).

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At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quiz: where is the Crimea on the map at the following link:

John Puma

At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

McConnell is untrustworthy. We had better watch out for him big time. He is as evil as Trump, although with a brain and plotting ability. Hard to say if he is more dangerous - both Trump and McConnell put themselves first, not the country. McConnell has his own plan to take down democracy so he can become more powerful and push through his horrible agenda.

Matt Taibbi has it right. So did Karl Marx, I might add. The 1% wants it all.

At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the Rs showing the electorate that they are just as hysterically fearful of the Russians as the democraps are. Covering all the contemporary political bases, as it were.

The democraps got nuthin else, so they play up the russophobia hoping it resonates with voters. Gawd forbid they come up with a slate of actual progressive candidates who people will WANT to vote for.

Thank gawd the Rs are also sanctioning Iran. They are only a cunt hair away from invading our shores to impose sharia law, dontchano.

Why is it that everyone in this shithole is a fucking imbecile?

At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Puma:

To worry about the Crimea on the map you linked to is like worrying about a twing on a tree coming down the slope toward you in an avalanche.


Why are we not pounding home the fact that McConnell is married to an immigrant from China? One whose family loves the fact that they have access toward dominating all of the seaports in America?

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JP, answer my (6:53) question and you have your answer.


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