A Valentine’s Day present from Harry Reid to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-NV, announced on the Senate floor today that he will bring up Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd‘s Iran sanctions bill up for a vote during the "current work period." For those of you who don’t follow the Senate calendar, that’s a promise to move the bill before the Feb. 15th district ...
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-NV, announced on the Senate floor today that he will bring up Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd's Iran sanctions bill up for a vote during the "current work period."
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-NV, announced on the Senate floor today that he will bring up Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd‘s Iran sanctions bill up for a vote during the "current work period."
For those of you who don’t follow the Senate calendar, that’s a promise to move the bill before the Feb. 15th district work period begins, making the last possible introduction date Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. How sweet!
"At the end of last December, I made a commitment to bring S. 2799 — the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2009 — to the Senate floor early during this session of Congress," said Reid. "This critical legislation would impose new sanctions on Iran’s refined petroleum sector and tighten existing U.S. sanctions. The act will create new pressure on the Iranian regime and help stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."
Reid thanked Dodd, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, D-MA, and "other senators" for putting together an agreement to move the bill forward. More on that later…
For a whole lot of background on this subject, read previous posts here, here, and here.
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