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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bill On Iran Nuke Deal

The Senate easily passed a bill allowing a vote on any nuclear deal with Iran Thursday afternoon.

The measure, voted 98-1, was only opposed by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton because he opposed allowing the “president any grounds to claim that Congress blessed his nuclear deal,” according to a tweet by CQ Now.

Proposed amendments to the bill appeared to risk its passage last month. The amendments would have forced Iran to recognize the state of Israel and release U.S. prisoners. Another amendment called for the deal to be designated a treaty, requiring a 2/3 vote by the Senate for approval. But no significant changes were made to the bill, according to The New York Times.

The framework for a deal with Iran was reached in early April, limiting its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. The self-imposed deadline for a final deal is June 30.

The newly-passed bill would require the White House to send the text of the nuclear deal to Congress, and sanctions against Iran would not be lifted until after a 30-day review, reports the NYTimes. Finally, there would be a vote over whether to remove sanctions.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the bill in February, and the committee reached a bipartisan agreement on the measure in April.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill as early as next week, according to Reuters.

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