The House took up a number of foreign policy related items, in a week shortened by the Republican retreat. The House passed bipartisan legislation that that would impose new economic sanctions on North Korea, though the Senate is expected to take up its own measure in the near future. Questions remain on whether more sanctions will be enough to discourage North Korea from pursuing its nuclear weapons program. The House also passed a senate-passed bill, which would delay a federal rule aimed at protecting streams from environmental damage, which critics say would hurt the coal industry. The Senate took up legislation championed by Senator Rand Paul (R, KY) that would require a Government Accountability Office audit of the Federal Reserve and a subsequent report to Congress. The vote was 53-44 vote, short of the 60 needed to advance.
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