Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) threatens to bring Israel recognition amendment into Iran debate.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) threatens to bring Israel recognition amendment into Iran debate.(TheHill).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning Democrats that if they block a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal, he will force a vote on a contentious amendment related to Israel and U.S. prisoners.

"I will file on an amendment that would prevent the president from lifting sanctions until Iran meets two simple benchmarks," McConnell said. "It must formally recognize Israel’s right to exist, and it must release the American citizens being held in Iranian custody."

A push by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to force a vote on requiring Iran to publicly recognize Israel effectively shut down the debate over the review bill earlier this year.

Separate amendments calling for Iran to release three Americans currently held in the country were also never allowed to come up for a vote. Democrats warned that the amendments were "poison pills" designed to kill the nuclear agreement.Read the full story here.

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