21:14 GMT18 June 2021
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    US Congressman Steny Hoyer hopes the House of Representatives will vote this week on a package of new sanctions against Russia, according to his statement released by the lawmaker on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Hoyer said he believes lawmakers can quickly resolve an issue that has stalled the legislation since it was passed by the Senate last month.

    "I hope that Republican leadership will work with us to address this issue and bring the bill to the Floor for a strong, bipartisan vote this week," Hoyer said.

    The US Senate passed the sanctions package on June 15 with a 98-2 vote, but the legislation was flagged by the House as a "blue slip" violation.

    According to the US Constitution, any bill that raises revenue for the US government must originate in the House of Representatives. When such bills originate in the Senate, they are known as "blue slip" violations.

    The bill, which censures Iran over its ballistic missile program, also slaps new sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s alleged interference in the US presidential election in 2016.

    The legislation targets Russia's defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries and restricts dealings with Russian banks and energy companies. It also limits the US president's ability to ease any sanctions on Russia by requiring Congress' approval to lift any restrictions.

    Russian officials have repeatedly denied allegations that Moscow meddled in the US election.


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