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Harry Reid Blocks Iran Sanctions Vote

Obama tougher on Congress than Iran.

7:07 AM, Jan 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Iran nuclear deal is in place. And Senate majority leader Harry Reid is preventing the Senate from voting on Iran sanctions to be implemented in case the Iran deal fails. Reid is holding up the vote at the urging of President Obama.

The Emergency Committee for Israel is calling on Reid to allow a vote on the sanctions bill that's supported by many Democrats and Republicans, and well over half of the Senate.

"Who says President Obama isn't tough?" ECI asks in its statement.

"With today's announcement of an implementation agreement with Iran, President Obama has shown a willingness to be tough in confronting the pro-Israel majority in Congress, threatening to veto any legislation that would punish Iranian deception or prevent the White House from acquiescing to a bad deal with Iran.

"With Iran, on the other hand, Obama is willing to accept an agreement that weakens even the original bad deal he announced two months ago. It is a deal that guarantees a permanent Iranian nuclear weapons capability and grants a new concession by allowing Iran to continue developing ever more advanced centrifuges during the talks. It is a deal that, as Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister boasted today, rolls back nothing and means Iran 'can return to the previous situation within a day.'

"We urge Senator Reid to allow a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill to ensure that the interests of America and our allies are not subordinated to the political interests of the Obama White House."

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