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The Takeaway: Republicans to dial up Iran pressure in 2023

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Demonstrators marching in solidarity with protesters in Iran stand around the Lincol Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC, on Oct. 29, 2022.

Republicans on track to wrest control of the House of Representatives plan to use their agenda-setting powers in the lower chamber next year to hammer President Joe Biden on Iran and undermine already fading prospects for a renewed nuclear deal. 

Republican lawmakers are expected to introduce a wave of standalone bills, as well as measures in the annual National Defense Authorization Act, aimed at further punishing Iran’s rights violators and impeding its illicit revenue generation.  

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