White House criticizes Russian Federation sanctions stalled in House

13 Juillet, 2017, 03:05 | Auteur: Phil Beauvilliers
  • Jared Kushner son-in-law of of President-elect Donald Trump walks from Trump Tower Monday Nov. 14 2016 in New York. AP

That's because Republicans need a only simple majority to approve nominations, thanks to procedural changes instituted first by Democrats in 2013 and by Republicans in 2017 to win approval for now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

A new package of economic sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran unacceptably constrains the president's authority, the White House said Monday as Democrats complained that the Trump administration was trying to weaken the penalties.

'There is the process that the Republicans control the committees.

"Democrats even walked out of committee hearings to deny quorums, like schoolchildren taking their toys from the playground", he said.

He said the confirmation delays are part of a broader strategy to keep Trump from making good on his promises. "The sooner we can get this done, the better".

The Capitol Hill liaison claimed, 'It is historic in the level of obstruction that is denying the will of the American people who elected a new administration and expect that administration to be able to staff the departments'.

QUALIFIED NOMINATIONS: President Trump has nominated qualified individuals to key positions, but their confirmations have been delayed by obstructionism in the Senate.

"It is hard to know what is true with all the fake news now circulating".

Schumer's office also noted that Trump's first labor secretary, Andy Puzder, withdrew.

Among the non-controversial nominees awaiting confirmation: Kevin Hassett to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers; David Malpass, under secretary at Treasury for global affairs; two nominees needed to review pipelines and other projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Noel Francisco for Solicitor General.

Legislation imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation is stalled in the House amid a partisan battle over whether all lawmakers should have the authority to start a process to block a unilateral decision by President Donald Trump to lift penalties.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, said in response that "no administration in recent memory has been slower in sending nominees to the Senate".

Even as the White House remains consumed in scandal headlines about how Donald Trump's campaign may have worked with Russian Federation to influence last year's US election, the White House remains focused on trying to thwart would-be sanctions levied against Russian Federation for its meddling.

Yesterday's White House press briefing was barred from video but audio had been allowed.

Indeed, Mr. Trump has submitted about half as many nominations to the Senate as Mr. Obama at the same point in his presidency.

"It is essential that the president identifies top talent to fill these leadership positions and that the Senate consider these nominees quickly so that critical decisions can be made across government", he said.

A U.S. congressman introduced a bill on Monday that would cut off funding for any efforts by Trump to cooperate with Putin on a joint cybersecurity unit in another sign that key players in Washington are apparently eager to stymie cooperation with Moscow.

"When the Senate votes 98-2 on anything, it's a safe bet that it's a widely bipartisan and broadly accepted bill", the Boca Raton Democrat said Tuesday afternoon.

Those objections work out to a 90 percent obstruction rate, the White House said - far greater than the 10 percent rate Mr. Obama faced. The Trump White House has not bothered to offer nominees for hundreds of key positions, and in many cases not followed standard protocols in meeting with Senators, and not bothered to send to the Senate the basic required paperwork to begin the confirmation process.

In February, Trump himself defended his slow pace at filling appointments, when he told Fox News, "I don't want to appoint, because they're unnecessary to have".

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