The Democratic-led Senate voted 99-0 on Wednesday—with one senator not present—on a resolution urging U.S. President Barack Obama to strengthen enforcement of existing sanctions on Iran. The measure also resolved that the United States should support Israel if it were forced to defend itself from an Iranian nuclear threat.
Earlier in the day, a House of Representatives committee approved legislation seeking to impose tighter sanctions on Iran, the latest congressional effort to slow development of the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program.
The “Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013” passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee by a unanimous voice vote and is expected to easily pass the full 435-member chamber, where it already has about 340 co-sponsors. A vote by the Republican-controlled House is likely within the coming weeks.
The measure seeks to cut Iran’s oil exports to less than 500,000 barrels a day, limit Tehran’s access…
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