Democrats Keep Up Pressure for Iran Vote

Democrats Keep Up Pressure for Iran Vote

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers continue to argue that Congress should vote on any deal the White House and five world powers reach with Iran.

The Obama administration says it wants to find a way for lawmakers to weigh in on any nuclear deal without scuttling a potential pact that began to fall into place last week.

At the same time, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has scheduled a markup for next Tuesday on a bill that would create a framework for lawmakers to vote on congressional sanctions already in place against Tehran.

As White House officials seek some kind of middle ground between the Corker bill and no congressional vote, some influential Democrats continue advocating for lawmakers to review any deal and hold votes.

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, a House Democratic leadership member, says lawmakers have a constitutional “responsibility” to weigh in on any Iran deal.

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