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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

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.

Apr 14, 2015

Supporters scramble for compromise on U.S. Senate Iran bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators scrambled to shore up bipartisan support for a controversial Iran nuclear bill before a committee meeting on Tuesday that could determine whether the legislation will survive President Barack Obama’s promised veto.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to debate and vote on Tuesday afternoon on the measure put forward by Senator Bob Corker, the panel’s chairman, that would give Congress a vote on any final nuclear agreement with Iran.

Apr 13, 2015

Kerry to ask Congress for more time and space on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case this week to skeptical Republicans and Democrats that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.

In closed briefings with the full House of Representatives on Monday and the Senate on Tuesday, the chief U.S. diplomat also hopes to blunt legislation that would giving Congress the opportunity to approve or reject sanctions relief in the deal.

Apr 10, 2015

U.S. State Dept. recommends removing Cuba from terrorism list: Senate source

WASHINGTON/KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has recommended that President Barack Obama remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee aide said on Thursday.

Obama, speaking while on a short visit to Jamaica, said only that the State Department had completed its review but that he was waiting for a recommendation from his advisers and would not announce a decision on Thursday.

Apr 9, 2015

U.S. liberal groups push congressional Democrats on Iran nuclear bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. progressive groups rallied on Thursday to persuade Democratic senators not to support a bill giving Congress a vote on a nuclear deal with Iran, echoing the White House’s insistence that the measure could blow up delicate negotiations.

Five groups – CREDO, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Political Action and USAction – sent a letter warning Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Whip Richard Durbin and seven other Democratic U.S. Senate leaders that they would hold them accountable if they backed legislation seen as detrimental to the talks.

Apr 1, 2015

Menendez stepping aside as top Democrat on U.S. Senate panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez will temporarily step aside as ranking member, or top Democrat, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the wake of his indictment on corruption charges, two Senate aides said on Wednesday.

Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer and Benjamin Cardin are the next most senior Democrats on the influential panel.

Apr 1, 2015

Menendez’s fate could sharpen Republicans’ edge in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reports that Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez could face corruption charges raised the possibility on Wednesday of Republicans gaining a 55th Senate seat to strengthen their hand in policy fights with Democratic President Barack Obama.

The New Jersey senator is likely to face charges soon related to his dealings with a donor and friend, Florida-based opthalmologist Salomon Melgen, according to a source and media reports on Tuesday.

Mar 31, 2015

Congress, Obama head for Iran showdown, regardless of talks outcome

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans will push ahead with legislation reflecting their deep mistrust of a nuclear deal with Iran whatever the outcome of talks between Tehran and major powers in Switzerland, setting up further confrontation with President Barack Obama.

Just what action they will take – and how much support they get from Democrats – depends on the details agreed by negotiators from United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in Lausanne who are edging toward a preliminary deal due by the end of Tuesday.

Mar 27, 2015

Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so.

Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growing Chinese assertiveness in Asia, including his moves to loosen the constraints of Japan’s pacifist, postwar constitution on the military.

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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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