A number of U.S. senators vowed to continue seeking new sanctions against Iran after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who say such measures endanger an international accord designed to limit that nation’s nuclear program.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will brief U.S. senators today on the nuclear accord reached with Iran last month, in an effort to derail a congressional push for new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Janet Yellen’s nomination to be chairman of the Federal Reserve won support from the Senate Banking Committee today in a 14-8 vote, moving her bid to be the Fed’s first female head to the Senate for confirmation.
The Obama administration is on the defensive days before Iran nuclear negotiations are scheduled to resume in Geneva, as critics in Israel and in the U.S. Congress say Iran would concede too little and gain too much from an easing of international economic sanctions.
President Barack Obama received support from the chairman of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee in his efforts to dissuade lawmakers from imposing further sanctions on Iran amid international negotiations.
Senate Democratic leaders withheld comment today on the Obama administration’s request to delay new sanctions against Iran, as some Republicans said they’re determined to increase economic pressure aimed at curbing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Two top Senate backers of added U.S. sanctions against Iran said the Obama administration failed to persuade them to put their legislative push on hold during international efforts to negotiate curbs on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.