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Jan 26, 2015

U.S. democratic senators set resolution countering push for tougher Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday opposing more sanctions on Iran unless nuclear talks fail or Tehran breaks an agreement, countering a push for tougher sanctions backed by Republicans that President Barack Obama has pledged to veto.

“For those who agree that the sanctions bill in the Banking Committee is detrimental, this resolution provides an option in support of diplomacy,” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a leading co-sponsor of the resolution with Senator Chris Murphy, said in a statement.

Jan 23, 2015

Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done “on behalf of the bipartisan leadership.”

In reality, it was among the most partisan moves so far by America’s newly Republican-controlled Congress. Fuming Democratic leaders in Congress have said they were not consulted, raising questions over whether Boehner had accurately characterized the nature of his invitation.

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Congress invites Netanyahu for Iran speech, Obama blindsided

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran without consulting President Barack Obama, and the White House questioned whether protocol had been violated.

Setting up a diplomatic showdown on an issue that has sharply divided Obama and congressional Republicans, Boehner announced the invitation the day after Obama pledged in his State of the Union address to veto Iran sanctions legislation being developed in Congress.

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Congress invites Netanyahu, Obama blindsided

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting
President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned
whether protocol had been violated.

An Israeli official said Netanyahu, whose relationship with
Obama has often been tense, was looking into the possibility of
meeting with Obama when he comes to Washington to address a
joint session of Congress on Feb. 11.

Jan 16, 2015

Democratic senator says still backs more Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic co-sponsor of a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran if there is no agreement on its nuclear program by July said on Friday he stood by the legislation in the face of warnings that it could torpedo international negotiations.

“All I’m saying is let us put in prospective sanctions that don’t get imposed … until July,” Senator Robert Menendez said.

Jan 16, 2015

U.S. senators will push ahead with Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sponsors of a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran if there is no agreement on its nuclear program by July said on Friday they would push ahead with the legislation, despite warnings that it could torpedo international negotiations.

“All I’m saying is let us put in prospective sanctions that don’t get imposed… until July,” Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez said at a news conference in his home state of New Jersey.

Jan 15, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers push ahead on Iran sanctions – senior senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers will press ahead with a plan for more sanctions on Iran, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday, despite White House warnings that they risked derailing nuclear talks.

Lawmakers, who say they fear Obama administration negotiators may not take a hard enough line with Tehran, are also at work on a separate bill to have Congress approve any final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, Senator Bob Corker, the chairman, told Reuters in an interview.

Jan 13, 2015

17 on Cuba prisoner list set free before U.S.-Havana deal announced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seventeen of the Cuban prisoners freed under an agreement with the United States had been let go before the two countries announced the deal on Dec. 17, a Cuban dissident leader said on Monday.

According to a copy of the list of 53 names obtained by Reuters from a congressional source, the released prisoners include, among others, members of prominent protest groups such as the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and the Ladies in White.

Jan 12, 2015

Many released Cuba prisoners known to international rights groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seventeen of the Cuban prisoners released under the agreement with the United States had been let go before Washington and Havana announced the deal on Dec. 17, a Cuban dissident leader said on Monday.

According to a copy of the list of 53 names obtained by Reuters from a congressional source, they include members of prominent Cuba protest groups such as the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and the Ladies in White.

Jan 8, 2015

U.S. lawmaker: Obama may make formal Islamic State force request soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is expected to ask the U.S. Congress soon for a formal authorization to use military force against Islamic State, a top Republican senator said on Thursday.

Bob Corker, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he has been talking to officials from President Barack Obama’s administration and was optimistic they might soon spell out to Congress what they would like to see in an authorization.

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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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