Facing Controversial Amendments, Senate Cuts Off Debate On Iran Bill

Posted May 7, 2015 at 5:00am

“Senate Republican leaders are moving to advance a bill to let Congress review any Iran nuclear deal without allowing votes on amendments offered by two of their party’s presidential contenders, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio,” according to Bloomberg .  

“Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told reporters Tuesday that the Senate would move forward on the Iran bill ‘very quickly.’ He set up a vote to end debate for Thursday, and a vote on final passage could come later that day.”  

“Cruz’s proposal would require congressional approval for lifting sanctions against Iran, instead of giving Congress a chance to block sanctions relief. Rubio has proposed barring any sanctions relief until the president ‘determines Iran’s leaders have publicly accepted Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.’… AIPAC is opposing amendments, like those offered by Rubio or Cruz, that would jeopardize bipartisan support for the bill.”