The Senate just TKO’d Obama and his Iranian buddies by voting 99-0 to extend sanctions on Iran for another decade.
The measure is called the Iran Sanctions Extensions Act, and was passed earlier by the House 419-1.
From Washington Examiner:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday that the bill, which would preserve existing sanctions set to expire at the end of the year, is critical given Iran’s “continued pattern of aggression” and “efforts to expand its sphere of influence across the region.”
“This is even more important given how the current administration has been held hostage by Tehran’s threats to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, and how it has ignored Iran’s overall efforts to upset the balance of power in the greater Middle East,” he said.
The Obama administration has opposed the legislation, arguing that it already has the power to extend or impose additional sanctions on Tehran and the sanctions are no longer necessary after the nuclear deal.
Members of Congress, including key Democrats, are adamant that the existing sanctions remain in effect in order to demonstrate to Iran that the U.S. will respond to any provocations or violations of the nuclear agreement.
Now it’s all up to Barack Obama to pass the bill, but given the overwhelming majority in the House and Senate, overriding that veto shouldn’t be too difficult.