Senate passes bill allowing extension of Korean nuclear agreement

The Senate passed a bill Monday that would allow President Obama to extend a nuclear energy deal with South Korea for more than two years.

Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the Support for United States-Republic of Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation Act, which was passed through a unanimous consent agreement.

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S. 1901 authorizes the president to extend the term of the Agreement for Cooperation between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Atomic Energy until March 19, 2016.

The bill also directs the president to report to Congress every 180 days on the progress of negotiations on a new U.S.-Korea civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

The bill now heads to the House for further action.

Before adjourning for the evening, the Senate also agreed to H.Con.Res. 75, which allows for the State of the Union address to be hosted in the House chamber Tuesday evening.