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House Democrats demand briefing on Russia sanctions decision
In a letter to Mnuchin, the Democrats say the deal appears to allow [!] Deripaska to keep "significant ownership" of one of the companies.

"As the chairs of committees with oversight jurisdiction over the U.S. response to Russia's attempts to interfere in our elections and other hostile actions, we have a number of concerns about the agreement that the U.S. has reached with Mr. Deripaska," the Democrats wrote.
They asked Mnuchin to delay implementation of the sanctions termination until he has fully briefed members of Congress about "all aspects of the agreement, the sanctions termination, and the impact that these decisions would have on the U.S. effort to end Russia's malign activities aimed at our country."
The letter to Mnuchin was signed by House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass.; House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.; House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.

Dems block [Rubio Combatting BDS Act], citing shutdown [?!]
For now, the package has stalled on a vote of 56-44, not enough to clear the 60-vote hurdle needed to advance.
Sen. Ben Cardin [!], D-Md., tweeted that the Senate "should not take up any bills unrelated to reopening the government" until the shutdown is resolved.

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S. 720
"This Act may be cited as the 'Israel Anti-Boycott Act' ", 16 of 58 co-sponsors: Nelson [D-FL], Menendez [D-NJ], Blumenthal [D-CT], Peters [D-MI], Cantwell [D-WA], Schumer [D-NY], Hassan [D-NH], Donnelly [D-IN], Manchin [D-WV], McCaskill [D-MO], Wyden [D-OR], Coons [D-DE],  Bennet [D-CO], Heitkamp [D-ND], Cardin [D-MD]"

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