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“We haven’t had time to adequately consider these provisions,” Udall said in a release. “We need to know what our military and intelligence experts — and our men and women in the field — actually need to most effectively prosecute the war on terror, especially before we change detainee provisions that are already working.”

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), offered an amendment that would sanction the Central Bank of Iran in an effort to economically cripple the Iranian government. The amendment comes after Kirk and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) spearheaded the idea in an Aug. 9 letter signed by 92 Senators and sent to Obama.

“This, in my judgment, is one of the few remaining actions short of an embargo of Iranian shipping and military intervention to slow or end the Iranian nuclear program,” McConnell said on the floor Thursday. “It is worth supporting and pursuing.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), along with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), also offered an amendment that would repeal the authorization for use of military force against Iraq adopted in 2002.

The Senate will return Nov. 28 to vote on a judicial nominee. The House returns for votes Nov. 29.

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