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May 7, 2015

U.S. Senate passes Iran nuclear review bill, House up next

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill giving Congress the right to review, and potentially reject, an international nuclear agreement with Iran.

The 98-1 vote sent the measure to the House of Representatives, which is expected to consider it as soon as next week. The White House has said President Barack Obama would sign it into law if it also passes the House, as expected.

May 5, 2015

Senator says sees Iran nuclear bill vote as soon as Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate cleared the way on Tuesday for a vote on a bill that would give Congress the power to review an international nuclear agreement with Iran, ending debate over efforts to use the measure to impose more conditions on Tehran.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had filed a “cloture” motion to begin the process of formally ending debate. Both Democrats and Republicans said they expected the Iran Nuclear Review Act would pass with strong support in the vote scheduled for Thursday.

Apr 30, 2015

Republican amendment fight threatens Iran bill in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – A dispute among Republican
senators over changes to an Iran nuclear review bill on Thursday
threatened the measure’s chances of being passed by the U.S.
Congress, leaving Senate leaders scrambling for a way to advance
the legislation.

Two Republican senators, Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, used an
unorthodox procedural move to try to force the Senate to vote on
their amendments to a bill authored by another Republican
senator, Bob Corker, that would give Congress the right to
review an international nuclear agreement with Iran.

Apr 30, 2015

U.S. senator and Iran foreign minister face off on Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid heated debate over Iran policy in the U.S. Senate, one of the leading congressional critics of the international negotiations with Tehran squared off with the country’s foreign minister on Twitter.

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton used the social media service to challenge Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to come to Washington for a debate on Iran’s “record of tyranny, treachery and terror” after Zarif mentioned Cotton in remarks at New York Univesity on Wednesday.

Apr 29, 2015

Senate rejects tying terrorism support to Iran sanctions relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate rejected an effort on Wednesday to tie sanctions relief for Iran under an international nuclear agreement to a requirement that President Barack Obama certify that Tehran is not supporting acts of terrorism against Americans.

A handful of Republicans joined Senate Democrats to reject by a 54-45 vote a proposed amendment offered by Republican Senator John Barrasso that would have added the terrorism clause to a bill subjecting an international nuclear agreement to review by the U.S. Congress.

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. Senate rejects bid to toughen Iran nuclear review bill

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate rejected an
effort on Tuesday to require any nuclear agreement with Iran to
be considered an international treaty, which would have forced
any deal to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate’s 100
members.

The Senate voted 57-39 to reject the measure, which
Republican Senator Ron Johnson offered as an amendment to the
Iran Nuclear Review Act, a bill requiring an Iran nuclear deal
to be reviewed by Congress.

Apr 28, 2015

U.S. lawmakers seek to bar new travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives launched an effort on Tuesday to prevent new travel from the United States to Cuba, one of the first legislative efforts in Congress to thwart President Barack Obama’s effort to normalize relations with the Communist-ruled island.

A House Department of Transportation appropriations bill introduced on Tuesday included a provision barring the use of funds to facilitate new scheduled air transportation originating from the United States if any such flights would land on or pass through any property confiscated by the Cuban government.

Apr 27, 2015

Republicans seek new limits on Guantanamo prisoner transfers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers have unveiled plans to make it harder to transfer inmates from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, stepping up a campaign to slow President Barack Obama’s efforts to close the controversial detention center.

The proposed 2016 National Defense Authorization Act released on Monday renewed an annual ban on spending to transfer prisoners to the United States from the detention center.

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.

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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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