JRL NEWSWATCH: “Congress Likely to Shelve New Russia Sanctions as Clock Runs Out” – Bloomberg/ Saleha Mohsin, Laura Litvan, Anna Edgerton, Daniel Flatley

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“Congress isn’t expected to pass legislation ordering new U.S. sanctions on Russia before the end of the year, as lawmakers focus instead on government spending measures, judicial nominations and a farm bill, key senators said. A bipartisan group of senators moved swiftly over the summer to assemble new proposals for Russia sanctions …. But as Congress enters the so-called lame duck period before newly elected lawmakers take office in January, time is running short …. Senators involved in drafting the new sanctions legislation told aides in September to cancel their fall plans and focus on the bills, according to two people familiar with the matter. Before the midterm elections, the Treasury department had been providing technical support almost daily to congressional aides, the people said.”

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