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Apr 24, 2015

U.S. pro-Israel lobby opposes push to toughen Iran nuclear bill

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – An influential pro-Israel
lobbying group is pressuring U.S. lawmakers not to support
amendments to toughen a bill that lets Congress review a nuclear
agreement with Iran, hoping to avoid a partisan battle that
could doom the legislation.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has
been urging Republicans not to back amendments that might turn
many Senate Democrats against the “Iran Nuclear Review Act,” or
prompt Democratic President Barack Obama to renew his threat to
veto the legislation.

Apr 23, 2015

U.S. Republicans vow amendments that might risk Iran nuclear bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican senators pledged on Thursday to try to toughen a bill giving Congress the power to review a nuclear agreement with Iran, raising the possibility of a partisan battle that could complicate the measure’s chances of passing.

The Senate’s Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, said he expected a “vigorous debate” next week.

Apr 22, 2015

House passes cyber-threat information bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for private companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government without fear of lawsuits.

The vote was 307-116 in favor of the measure, with strong support from Republicans and Democrats.

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. Republicans move to extend spies’ power to collect phone data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a move likely to re-ignite public debate in America over electronic spying, Republicans have introduced a bill in the Senate to extend a controversial law empowering the government’s bulk collection of U.S. telephone records.

President Barack Obama and many in Congress want to retain the mass data-collection program as a national security tool but want substantial changes in the program, which was secret until disclosed two years ago by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Apr 21, 2015

Senate may face contentious debate on Iran nuclear bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate could plunge into a heated debate on legislation giving Congress the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran as soon as Wednesday, as some Republicans sought to change the bill to take a harder line on any agreement.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-0 last week for a compromise version of the bill, in a rare display of bipartisan unity in the deeply divided Congress.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. House seen passing cyber threat information bill Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider, and pass, on Wednesday a long-awaited bill that would make it easier for companies to share information about cyber security threats with the government without fear of lawsuits.

Congressional aides said on Tuesday they expected lawmakers would take up the bill during Wednesday’s House session and that it would pass with support from both Republicans and Democrats.

Apr 15, 2015

In setback, Obama concedes Congress role on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama conceded on Tuesday that Congress will have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran, reluctantly giving in to pressure from Republicans and some in his own party after they crafted a rare compromise demanding a say.

The role for the Republican-controlled Congress injects a new element of uncertainty into the delicate final stages of negotiations between major powers and Iran aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

Apr 14, 2015

Obama drops objection to letting Congress vote on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama dropped his opposition on Tuesday to a bill giving Congress a voice on a nuclear deal with Iran after members of his Democratic Party negotiated changes to the bill that had won strong support from both parties.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama, who had said he would veto the proposed bill because it could scuttle the emerging Iran deal, could accept compromises that drew bipartisan Senate support.

Apr 14, 2015

U.S. Senate panel takes step toward Congress vote on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached agreement on Tuesday on revisions to a bipartisan bill that would allow Congress to vote on an international agreement to rein in Iran’s nuclear program.

Committee Chairman Bob Corker and the panel’s top Democrat, Senator Ben Cardin, said they had worked out new wording which they hope will attract enough support to overcome a possible veto by President Barack Obama.

Apr 14, 2015

U.S. Senate foreign relations leaders reach deal on Iran bill

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic
leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached a
compromise agreement that would shorten Congress’ review of any
final Iran nuclear deal to 52 days under an Iran nuclear bill,
the panel’s chairman, Republican Senator Bob Corker, said on
Tuesday.

A Senate aide said the compromise, which will be considered
by the full committee later on Tuesday, would give Congress 30
days to review the deal, 12 days for a possible veto of
congressional action by President Barack Obama and then 10 days
for an override vote.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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