U.S. Senator Bob Corker says there is no deal yet on a Russia sanctions bill, and there is some way to go before an agreement is reached despite an earlier announcement the legislation would go to a vote. Ryan Brooks reports.
Another snag for the the Russia sanctions bill in the U.S. Senate Monday (July 25). Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker telling reporters there's still some way to go to go before lawmakers reach a deal to push the legislation forward. Last weekend, Republicans and Democrats said they'd reached an agreement to vote on the bill on Tuesday. But according to Corker, that announcement was premature. Part of the problem lies in new sanctions on North Korea that were tacked onto the proposal after it first passed the Senate 98 votes to 2 back in June. But the bill never came up for a vote in the House after the Trump administration objected to a detail saying the president must ask permission from Congress before easing any sanctions on Moscow. Trump's time in office has been dogged with allegations of covert dealings with Russia. Ultimately it's up to the president to either sign or veto the legislation and the revised bill will need to pass through both chambers of Congress if it's to be written into law. Corker says he's been in touch with the White House, which he believes has come to a quote "fuller understanding" of the measure.