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Mar 10, 2015

Republicans warn Iran nuclear deal with Obama may not last

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty-seven Republican U.S. senators warned Iran’s leaders on Monday that any nuclear deal with President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, an unusual partisan intervention in foreign policy that could undermine delicate international talks with Tehran.

The open letter was signed by all but seven of the Republicans in the Senate and none of Obama’s fellow Democrats, who called it a “stunt.” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed it as a “propaganda ploy” from pressure groups he called afraid of diplomatic agreement.

Mar 9, 2015

Republicans warn Iran against nuclear deal with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. senators warned Iran’s leaders on Monday that any nuclear deal with President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, an unusual partisan intervention into foreign policy that could undermine delicate international talks with Tehran.

The open letter made public on Monday was signed by 47 senators, all but seven of the Republicans in the Senate, but none of Obama’s fellow Democrats, who called it a “stunt”. It says Congress plays a role in ratifying international agreements and points out that Obama will leave office in January 2017.

Mar 7, 2015

U.S. said to ready criminal charges against Sen. Menendez

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday.

Citing unnamed sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic Party donor and friend in exchange for gifts.

Mar 6, 2015

U.S. said to prepare corruption charges against Sen. Menendez

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday.

Citing unnamed sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations that Menendez used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.

Mar 5, 2015

Senate Iran debate postponed after Democrats object

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday postponed plans to debate and vote next week on a bill requiring President Barack Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran to Congress for approval.

Many Democrats, including the bill’s co-sponsors, had not wanted a vote before an end-March deadline set by international negotiators for reaching a framework agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Mar 5, 2015

Boehner, other top House members urge weapons for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and other senior Republican and Democratic House members urged U.S. President Barack Obama to quickly authorize lethal weapons for Ukraine as it battles Russian-backed separatists, according to a letter released on Thursday.

“We urge you to quickly approve additional efforts to support Ukraine’s efforts to defend its sovereign territory, including through the transfer of lethal, defensive weapons systems to the Ukrainian military,” they wrote in a letter, dated Wednesday and signed by eight Republicans and three Democrats.

Mar 4, 2015

Analysis – U.S. Congress’ backing of Netanyahu on Iran more show than substance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress generated loud applause and worldwide headlines, it is unlikely to lead to new legislation or a shift in U.S. policy towards Iran.

Although Netanyahu won praise from the Republicans who invited him to speak on Tuesday and who control the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he faced fierce criticism from Democrats including Barack Obama whose support is crucial to pushing new legislation through, U.S. lawmakers said.

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. Congress’ backing of Netanyahu on Iran more show than substance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress generated loud applause and worldwide headlines, it is unlikely to lead to new legislation or a shift in U.S. policy toward Iran.

Although Netanyahu won praise from the Republicans who invited him to speak on Tuesday and who control the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he faced fierce criticism from Democrats including Barack Obama whose support is crucial to pushing new legislation through, U.S. lawmakers said.

Mar 3, 2015

Republicans pushing Iran bill despite veto threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate would begin debate next week on a bill that would require President Barack Obama to submit any final nuclear deal with Iran for Congress’ approval.

McConnell, a Republican, told his weekly news conference that he intended to debate the bill in the Senate next week.

Feb 26, 2015

Boehner defends Netanyahu speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday strongly challenged the assertion that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations.

“The president’s national security advisor says it’s destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress. I couldn’t disagree more,” Boehner said at his weekly news conference.

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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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