Senate Democrats Back Off Iran Sanctions to Save Obama

Senate Democrats Back Off Iran Sanctions to Save Obama

Unnamed sources told AFP that Democrats who were signed up for more sanctions against Iran have now “privately recoiled from a damaging vote against their own president.”

According to AFP, “several Democrat Senators who previously backed a bi-partisan sanctions bill stepped back after Obama threatened a veto during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.”

With the Democrats changing position, the bill is quickly losing momentum, and the once-imminent vote on new sanctions is imminent no more. 

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said: “I am strongly supporting the bill but I think a vote is unnecessary right now as long as there’s visible and meaningful progress [in the negotiations].” At a post-State of the Union event, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said, “Now is not the time for a vote on an Iran sanctions bill.”

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he lent support to the new sanctions bill not so it could be brought up for a vote, but so Obama could use it as “a hammer” in negotiations. 

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