Senate Eyes More Iran Sanctions, As White House Asks For Time

The White House says the bill that opens the door to more sanctions could prompt Iran to leave negotiations

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Senators from both sides are drafting legislation for harsher economic sanctions if Iran doesn’t make good on its promise to curtail its nuclear program even as the White House protests, saying it threatens a permanent deal.

Congress has largely been skeptical of the interim agreement reached over the weekend among world powers, and Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk are writing a bill that would require the White House to confirm every 30 days that Iran is holding up its end of the bargain, the Associated Press reports. Otherwise, the revives the $1 billion-a-month in sanctions that has crippled Iran’s economy, and adds others on top of that.

President Barack Obama has asked lawmakers for more time, concerned that the pressure from Congress will alienate the Iranians and frustrate partners cooperating in the negotiations. The interim deal provides for no new sanctions while it’s in effect.

The bill, which has drawn support from the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is expected to be ready for a vote when the Senate returns from Thanksgiving recess on Dec. 9.

[AP]

10 comments
reallife
reallife

"The White House says the bill that opens the door to more sanctions could prompt Iran to leave negotiations"

hahaha  why would they leave? they're getting everything they want from the amateurs at the white house

LOL

jmac
jmac

Will the Senate add a tag-on to whatever they writing promising the American people we can have a draft (so our men aren't sent over four, five, six times) and that they will put a tax on everyone to pay for it should there be war?

How refreshing would that be.   Maybe they could  promise to suit up and join the fighting for a six month tour.    Women included. 

JackBrumbelow
JackBrumbelow

This is the first productive thing coming out of Washington in years and seemingly the Senate, who keeps accusing the House of being recalcitrant, is trying to kill it.


I am finally in agreement with something that the Obama Administration has done, anyone trying to destroy my joy will find my opposition forever.

MrObvious
MrObvious

The American Doosh party in action. Way to go showing the world that you despise your own president so much you rather flip the finger to all our allies working on this then to be a useful opposition party.

ok2judge
ok2judge

Peace for out time "The settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine."

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@reallife And then don't forget the "amateurs" in Great Britain, Germany, France, etc.  This isn't a bi-lateral agreement and it involved UN inspectors. I guess you idea would just bomb the hell out of the country and get 10 million MORE people upset with the US.  Enjoy the $9/ gallon gasoline.  The only ones who would win would be Exxon, Shell, etc.

tkulaga
tkulaga

@jmac We do not need a draft. Unremarkably, we have enough men and women who want to go there on their own. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ok2judge Stop the idiocy. Germany was demanding territorial concessions and had launched multiple wars in the 100 years prior to the Munich settlement. Iran has done neither. Those who make the comparison are either woefully ignorant of history or are liars. Which are you?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@tkulaga @jmac Doesn't matter.  Re-institute the draft and lets spread the pain across the country and among all economic classes.