Senator Harry Reid has blocked an attempt by Senate Republicans to provide fresh sanctions to Iran as they press for a change in their nuclear program. Last evening, Reid blocked further debate on the topic, which has essentially prevented a vote on Iran sanctions from occurring anytime in the near future.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blocking a vote on Iran sanctions demanded by Senate Republicans.
The GOP rolled fresh economic penalties on Iran into their alternative to Democrats’ veterans’ benefits bill, pressing for Congress to weigh in on diplomatic talks between global powers and Iran on scaling back the country’s nuclear program.
On Wednesday evening, Reid moved to cut off debate on the bill and block consideration of amendments to the legislation, dimming any chance of an immediate vote on Iran sanctions.
Senate Democrats have largely backed away from calling for an immediate vote on imposing Iran sanctions if the country breaks off ongoing negotiations or doesn’t adhere to a current, interim agreement. But Republicans have continued to press for a vote on sanctions legislation written by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), proposing it be voted on as an amendment to a 2013 defense bill, as a condition for voting on military sexual assault legislation and as an amendment to the veterans bill.