A report by the Congressional Research Service said Trump had nominated only 242 people to key executive posts as of June 30, compared to 336 and 379 nominated in the same period by former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, respectively.
Lawmakers have submitted more than 400 amendments to the defense spending bill that the House is debating this week, as it's one of the few so-called "must-pass" measures still around in Congress.
Paul told reporters the revised measure didn't go far enough.
Nevertheless, Democrats have expressed concerns that, despite his tough talk, Ryan and his Republican colleagues are delaying passage of the bill in an effort to ease sanctions to please the Trump administration.
A top House Democrat is suggesting two potential solutions to the current impasse over a Senate-passed Russian sanctions bill.
The attack, which lasted for months, resulted in the thefts of emails from the DNC and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that were later dumped online - as well as the theft of the party's Trump opposition research file.
A spokeswoman for Ryan dismissed Hoyer's suggestion to reintroduce the original Senate-passed bill in the House and said the fastest way to resolve the issue would be for Democrats to sign onto the changes already approved by the upper chamber. While Whitehouse serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the official said he cited the need to also loop in Reed, Rhode Island's senior senator.
An email chain published by the Times on Tuesday showed Trump Jr. telling the Russian lawyer he would "love" to get dirt on Clinton.
Meanwhile, the State Department is expected to meet with Putin's deputy foreign minister on Monday to discuss points of contention in U.S. -Russia relations, including the return of two Russian diplomatic compounds taken back by the Obama administration in December.
Trump's meeting last week with Vladimir Putin - and his subsequent tweets about a cyber working group - provided a chance for amendments to respond to the news cycle in real time, as three Democrats proposed amendments Monday to block cybersecurity sharing efforts with Russian Federation.
Not all House Democrats are convinced this is a fight worth having as they push for a quick vote on the bill, arguing House Republicans could always use procedural measures to avoid tough votes on Russian Federation sanctions in the future regardless of the language in the bill.
The possibility of the pipeline curbs sent a jolt through the traditional oil industry, as well as a broader group of related companies, including equipment providers, tubular piping manufacturers and oilfield services companies, that worry they wouldn't be able to supply projects in which sanctioned Russian companies are involved. "It will be done".
"Dilly-dallying around about the blue slip issue was just a ridiculous waste of time".
House Republican leaders insisted the delay was purely because the bill violated a constitutional requirement that legislation affecting government revenues must originate in the House, not the Senate. "Certainly these events, I think, give added urgency to doing exactly that".
The previous bill called for imposing "sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran's ballistic missile programme, support for acts of worldwide terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes".
The legislation also places new penalties on Iran over its ballistic missile program. Those who are sanctioned would have their assets within USA jurisdiction frozen and would be barred from entering the country.