U.S. Senate Passes Iran Nuclear Review Bill

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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (C) heads to the Senate floor for a cloture vote on Capitol Hill in Washington May 7, 2015.Credit: Reuters

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill giving Congress the right to review, and potentially reject, an international nuclear agreement with Iran.

The vote sent the measure to the House of Representatives, which is expected to consider it as soon as next week. The White House has said President Barack Obama would sign it into law if it also passes the House, as expected.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner responded to the news saying he 'looks forward' to house passage of the bill.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act would require Obama to submit to Congress the text of any agreement within five days of concluding a final deal with Iran. The bill would also prohibit Obama from suspending or waiving sanctions on Iran passed by Congress for 60 days after a deal.

The United States and five other major powers are seeking to negotiate an agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

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