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New Iran bill doesn’t mandate up-or-down vote on nuclear deal

Legislation from the Senate Foreign Relations chairman would authorize — but not require — Congress to weigh in before sanctions can be lifted.
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks to reporters about U.S. President Barack Obama's request to authorize military force against Islamic State, on Capitol Hill in Washington February 11, 2015.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4P8CN

WASHINGTON — Legislation introduced the evening of Feb. 27 on Capitol Hill would enable — but not require — Congress to vote on an Iran nuclear deal.

The bill from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., creates a mechanism for an up-or-down vote but would allow sanctions relief to go forward if Congress doesn’t act, according to a copy obtained by Al-Monitor. It would also block any new sanctions relief beyond that agreed to in the November Joint Plan of Action for 60 days while Congress reviews the deal.

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