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Menendez, Graham Question Iran Vote Plan

Menendez, Graham Question Iran Vote Plan

WASHINGTON — Two influential US senators are criticizing Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell’s plan to fast track a bill requiring congressional approval of any deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

The Kentucky Republican on Tuesday shocked his GOP and Democratic colleagues when he announced he intends to bring the legislation to the floor next week. The announcement came just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a full-throated warning about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and nine other Senate Democrats wrote a letter to McConnell Wednesday saying they would only vote for an Iran bill on the floor after March 24. That’s the deadline for the world powers and Iran to agree on at least the parameters of a deal.

McConnell called it “worrying” that the Obama administration wants to strike a deal with Iran and five other global powers “without the input of the people’s elected representatives.”

“Remember, it was Congress that helped bring Iran to the table by putting sanctions in place, against the wishes of the administration,” he said in a statement.

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