>> The Republicans and the Democrats.>> Law makers from both parties say they're eager to stiffen sanctions on Russia. So why is a bill that would do just that stalled on Capitol Hill? I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where just last month the Senate voted 98 to 2 to impose new checks on President Trump's ability to lift sanctions on Russia.
But now the legislation is mired in the House of Representatives amid a round of bitter partisan finger pointing. Just as Trump's inner circle faces a storm of new questions about their contacts with Russia. The new measure would lock in Russia sanctions imposed by former President Barack Obama. But it would also give Congress the power to block the President if he tries to remove any of the sanctions now in place.
A clear sign that law makers don't trust Trump to keep the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House not happy with that part of the bill, and Democrats accuse House Republicans of working with the administration to slow it down. Republican leaders first pointing to technical problems with the bill.
Now they wanna combine it with sanctions on North Korea. Democrats accuse the Republicans of making up excuses.>> The integrity of our democracy is at stake, House Republicans will have to answer for their actions.>> Hanging over the discussions, lingering concerns in both parties that Trump's campaign may have worked with Russia to win the White House last year.
>> I think it's important that we get to the bottom of all of this.>> The worry given new life last week when Donald Trump Jr., released emails showing he met with Russians during the campaign who were offering damaging material about rival, Hillary Clinton. House leaders say they're working out their differences but they' re running short on time.
They're due to leave Washington at the end of this month and not return until September. But it remains to be seen whether they can overcome their partisan divisions to get it done.