Senate Pushes Ahead With Iran Debate (Video)
The debate over the role of Congress in international negotiations with Iran about nuclear development is entering another week.
Hopes to get the legislation spearheaded by Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., through the Senate quickly were thwarted Thursday when talks about setting up a series of amendment votes went off course when Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., came to the floor and offered a pair of amendments, including one by Sen. Marco Rubio that would require certification of Iran recognizing Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
That would be a tough vote, since there’s broad support for Israel, but attempting to compel President Barack Obama to make that a point in negotiations would be all but sure to restore a veto threat. Corker predicted that after the events on the floor Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would end up filing cloture to limit debate on the measure, precluding the offering of further amendments.