The NY Times does a piece on how Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer helped the Republican’s draft a bill to tie Trump’s hands from going ahead and lifting sanctions on the Russians….
Trump IS STILL keen to cozy up with the Russians….
But with Schumer’s assistance the Senate has drafted a bill to take away Trump’s ability to lift sanctions Obama put in place after the 2016 Election and Ukraine actions by the Russians…
This isn’t the first time Schumer has managed to out maneuver Trump & Co. by working quietly with Republicans to fix Congresses muscle separate from Trump’s wishes…
The thinking was that any approach so closely associated with the top Democrat would have trouble attracting Republican votes even though most liked the idea.
“He was very, very helpful,” Mr. Graham said about Mr. Schumer.
The tactic paid off as the sanctions bill passed the Senate with just two dissenters, another example of how lawmakers are occasionally finding bipartisan ways to challenge the Trump administration in those rare times when the interests and goals of the two parties align.
“You have to be strategic, but there are issues when the Republicans are closer to us than to him,” Mr. Schumer said in a recent interview.
The sanctions plan, which has hit a snag in the House, was similar to the approach lawmakers took earlier this year on a major spending bill. They negotiated mainly among themselves and then advanced a bill that the White House didn’t particularly like but found difficult to oppose.
In that case, Mr. Schumer assiduously avoided dealing directly with the White House and worked with congressional Republicans. Lawmakers eventually agreed on a governmentwide spending measure that did not fund top Trump priorities such as a new border wall. But the administration had little choice but to accept the outcome or be responsible for shutting down the government on the occasion of its first 100 days in office…..