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Sources: White House Has Killed Iran Sanctions
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:16:06 PM »

House lawmakers are lashing out at their Senate counterparts over the upper chamber’s failure to pass tighter Iran sanctions before Congress recesses.

With only two weeks left on the legislative calendar, congressional insiders say that a new Iran sanctions measure currently under consideration by the Senate is all but dead in the water.

Senate Democratic leaders appear poised to give in to White House demands that no new sanctions be imposed on Iran for the rest of the year and likely through most of 2014.

The two key avenues that senators could use to push through new sanctions—the Senate Banking Committee and the annual defense authorization bill—appear to have been shut down by the White House’s Democratic allies.

The situation has proved frustrating to House lawmakers who overwhelmingly voted months ago to approve a new Iran sanctions measure only to see it stall in the Senate under White House pressure.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) described the congressional tug of war as “reprehensible” and a “tragedy.” She urged her Senate colleagues to stop taking marching orders from the White House when it comes to the Iranian nuclear situation.

Bachmann went on to praise Sens. Mark Krik (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) for authoring an Iran sanctions measure that could be offered as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a yearly defense-spending bill that must be approved before lawmakers leave town.

However, it remains unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) will allow the amendment to come to a vote.

Bachmann said that lawmakers should insist that new sanctions are approved before they leave for the holidays.

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