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Republicans eye new Iran sanctions

Members of both chambers are laying the groundwork for a post-July 20 push.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) is escorted by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) (L), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) (R) before giving testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXYPB6

Congressional Republicans aren't waiting for the smoke signals out of Vienna to declare the Iran nuclear talks a failure.

Reacting to Tuesday's acknowledgment by Secretary of State John Kerry that negotiators may well need an extension, lawmakers in both the House and Senate began to make the case for punitive action as soon as the July 20 deadline is reached. While some called for an up-or-down vote on the deal, others argued for reinstating suspended sanctions or even enacting new ones.

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