Senate Bill Nears Filibuster Proof Majority
President Obama has reiterated his threat to veto a Senate sanctions bill aimed at derailing talks with Iran, going on to say that he’ll veto any new sanctions bills that come during the P5+1 interim agreement.
Obama insisted that “imposing additional sanctions now will only risk derailing our efforts to resolve this issue peacefully.” This was largely the argument made by Senate supporters of the bill, but with a different attitude toward peaceful resolutions.
The Iran sanctions bill in the Senate, which includes an endorsement for Israel to attack Iran whenever it feels like, is the most immediate concern, with the bill backed by 59 senators, one shy of a filibuster-proof majority and also near a veto-proof one.
Other resolutions are getting underway in the House, though none of them has nearly the momentum the Senate bill has, and it has been endorsed by multiple Israel Lobby factions, enhancing its profile.
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