(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) By a strong bipartisan vote, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran if it does not agree to limit its nuclear program by the June 30 deadline set by international negotiators.
The committee voted 18-4 to approve the bill by Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., on the understanding that it will not go to the floor before March 24, the self-imposed deadline negotiators have set to reach a political framework for a final agreement. Six Democrats joined all 12 Republicans in voting to approve the bill.
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Kirk and Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also joined the panel's Democrats to beat back several attempts by their GOP colleagues to toughen the legislation as part of a deal to maintain the bipartisan coalition behind it.