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Dec 5, 2013

Republicans in U.S. Congress try to be more ‘sensitive’ about women

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representative Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he wants his fellow Republicans to be more “sensitive” as they seek to appeal to women voters in next year’s congressional elections.

“I try to get them to be a little bit more sensitive,” Boehner said at his weekly news conference, when asked what advice he was giving his fellow Republicans as they campaign against Democratic women candidates, and try to attract female voters.

Dec 3, 2013

White House tells Senate it opposes new Iran sanctions effort

WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The White House said on
Tuesday it opposes a fresh effort by some members of the U.S.
Senate to impose new sanctions against Iran, even if the new
restrictions would not take effect for months.

Some senators have been discussing the idea of imposing new
sanctions on Iran that would kick in after six months or if Iran
violated terms of an interim deal reached 10 days ago that
attempts to contain its nuclear program.

Nov 25, 2013

Senate leader Reid not rushing to new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Monday the Senate will consider legislation next month to impose tighter sanctions on Iran, but only after studying the issue and possibly holding hearings.

Reid said he would look to fellow Democrats Tim Johnson, who chairs the Banking Committee, and Robert Menendez, who heads the Foreign Relations Committee, for a decision after the Senate returns on December 9 from its Thanksgiving holiday recess.

Nov 24, 2013

Obama has leeway on Iran, despite U.S. lawmakers’ concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on Sunday voiced skepticism about an interim nuclear deal reached with Iran but Congress looked likely to give President Barack Obama room to see if the agreement works.

The deal does not need to be ratified by Congress and Obama is using his executive power to temporarily suspend some existing U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Nov 24, 2013

Obama launches sales job on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
said on Saturday a deal between Iran and world powers was a big
step toward a comprehensive solution on Tehran’s nuclear program
as he tried to win over critics in the U.S. Congress and Israel.

A senior U.S. official said Obama planned to call Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to try to assuage
Israeli concerns about the agreement.

Nov 24, 2013

Obama launches sales job on controversial Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday a deal between Iran and world powers was a big first step toward a comprehensive solution to Iran’s nuclear program as he launched a sales effort to convince critics in the U.S. Congress to go along with the agreement.

“There are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon,” Obama argued in a late-night appearance at the White House after the deal was sealed in Geneva. “Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.”

Nov 21, 2013

Reid pledges to move ahead with Iran sanctions in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday he was committed to moving ahead with a tougher Iran sanctions bill when the Senate returns from a holiday recess early next month, adding to pressure on negotiators meeting in Geneva on a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

“I will support a bill that would broaden the scope of our current petroleum sanctions, place limitations on trade with strategic sectors of the Iranian economy that support its nuclear ambitions, as well as pursue those who divert goods to Iran,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Nov 21, 2013

Reid committed to moving ahead with Iran sanctions in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday he was committed to moving ahead with a tougher Iran sanctions bill when the Senate returns from a holiday recess early next month, adding to pressure on Tehran as negotiators meet in Geneva on a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

“I will support a bill that would broaden the scope of our current petroleum sanctions, place limitations on trade with strategic sectors of the Iranian economy that support its nuclear ambitions, as well as pursue those who divert goods to Iran,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Nov 19, 2013

Top U.S. lawmakers urge Obama to take tougher line on Iran

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Senior U.S. lawmakers urged
the Obama administration on Tuesday to take a tougher line in
negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, saying Tehran
should roll back its nuclear program before economic sanctions
are eased.

Democratic Senators Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez and Bob
Casey, as well as Republicans John McCain, Lindsey Graham and
Susan Collins signed the letter to Secretary of State John
Kerry, released a day before a third round of talks in Geneva
between Iran and six world powers.

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. Senate votes to extend worldwide anti-AIDS program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday to extend for another five years a successful and popular program to combat AIDS worldwide started 10 years ago by former President George W. Bush.

The 100-member Senate approved the measure by unanimous voice vote. It is expected to be considered – and passed – by the House of Representatives as soon as Tuesday before going to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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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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