The draft US defense budget, which contains expanded sanctions against the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, is unlikely to be approved shortly. This was stated by Mac Thornberry, a member of the house armed services Committee, according to USNI News.
According to him, the delay was caused by disagreements between the chambers of the US Congress, each of which presented its version of the document. Also, the situation with the adoption of the bill is complicated by the position of the White House regarding the amendment requiring the renaming of military bases and ships named after Confederate commanders. President Donald Trump has said he will block the document if it contains this clause.
“Can this happen before the election? No, it is unlikely,” said Thornberry, commenting on the possibility of passing the bill.
According to the Congressman, the final version of the budget will be adopted only after the vote. The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3.