Senate Dems divided over new Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats are divided over whether to slap a new batch of sanctions on Iran. President Barack Obama has implored Congress to hold off.
Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk have proposed a package of penalties that they say would increase the pressure on Iran to make concessions and fully dismantle its entire nuclear program. Fifty-nine senators -- Republicans and Democrats -- back the bill.
Obama said Monday that Congress should wait because the administration fears penalties could derail negotiations.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a co-sponsor of the bill, said Tuesday that as long as there is progress, a vote may not be necessary. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said they want to give diplomacy a chance.