The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would block Trump-Russian sanctions legislation from moving forward, but with a few notable differences.
One is that the legislation was authored by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is up for reelection in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District next year.
Gowdy’s bill, titled the Russia Stance on the Foreign Influence Act of 2017, would require that the president and his agencies issue a report to Congress detailing their intent to impose sanctions on Russian officials involved in the Trump-Putin election interference.
The bill, however, also includes language prohibiting the White House from using any information obtained from the report to influence public opinion.
The House also voted down a measure that would have allowed the House to investigate Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, but the bill’s provisions were amended to prevent that from happening.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not vote for the bill that was approved on Wednesday.
The White House had been expected to support the bill on Wednesday, but as of Thursday morning, the White Houses office was no longer confirming the administration’s support for the legislation.
This was the second time the Trump administration has pulled a bill before the Senate and it’s the second such bill to fail.
The last bill failed in February after a bipartisan effort failed to reach a deal on its amendments.
The Trump administration also recently voted to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have raised the stakes in the Russia sanctions debate.
On Friday, a federal judge ordered the administration to show cause by March 15 for the House of Representatives to move forward with the legislation, and the White house on Wednesday released a statement saying it had no intention to appeal.
The Russia sanctions bill is the first of the year that the House will take up sanctions on Russia, which will be one of the priorities of the Trump agenda, and would likely include more restrictions on foreign companies, the Russian government and individuals involved in Russian interference in the U.S. election.