On May 5th, US President Donald Trump signed H.R. 244, his first major piece of legislation since taking office. Also known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017, this legislation effectively funds the US government effective till September. It did not come from Trump’s budget proposals, but rather from a series of Congressional compromises, as is typical with US budgets.
Less typical is that this Act appears to substantially shape US policy on Russia. This is despite foreign policy traditionally being largely the preserve of the White House. The Republican Party, which holds a majority in both the Senate and the House …read more