|Iran sanctions bill is ‘coming’, Republican senator says||
TEHRAN – Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, the lead Republican working on a bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, said on Tuesday that he is optimistic the measure will come out soon and that members involved can push it forward, National Journal reported.
"It’s coming," he told reporters, after voting on an unrelated budget measure. "I was just talking to Senator Schumer about progress. Hoping to do that and to work it out with Bob Menendez."
Kirk said that the timing of a bill rollout and any consideration in the Senate will be up to his top Democratic partner on sanctions, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and of course Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"The timing will be up to Harry and Bob," he said. "It's coming up."
Kirk said his goal is to keep his expected Democratic cosponsors like Menendez and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York content and united. "But obviously for me it's to work closely with majority partners who control timing and when things can be offered," he said. "We are in pretty good shape."
Kirk said he was pushing to roll out a sanctions bill this week, before lawmakers adjourn for the year.
Iran and world powers clinched a deal in Geneva on November 24, according to which Iran agreed to offer a number of concessions in exchange for limited relief from the sanctions imposed on the country.
However, some U.S. lawmakers are pushing for further sanctions against Iran.
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