|Senate Banking Committee not to consider Iran sanctions bill during talks||
TEHRAN – If the U.S. Senate votes on an Iran sanctions bill in the coming weeks, it is not expected to go through the regular committee process, according to Politico.
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson said on Monday evening that the only way a sanctions bill will be considered while diplomatic talks continue is by skipping his committee of jurisdiction and taking it straight to the Senate floor.
While Johnson has a sanctions bill ready to go in case ongoing nuclear talks with Iran falter, he is keeping it on the backburner. And the chairman warned of the ramifications if the House or the Senate decides to pass its own sanctions bill, even if that legislation includes a negotiating window.
“That makes a great deal of difference. The secretary of state has told us that it would collapse if they do the sanctions, even if it’s tentative,” Johnson said.
Sens. Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez, and Mark Kirk are the leading proponents of legislation that would apply new penalties to Iranian fuel exports if negotiations fail or Iran does not adhere to the conditions of the current interim agreement.
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