Corker expects ‘overwhelming vote’ on Iran bill Thursday

Greg Nash

Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerRubio: 'Maybe' would run for Senate seat if 'good friend' wasn't McConnell-allied group: We'll back Rubio if he runs for reelection The Trail 2016: Interleague play MORE (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he expects an “overwhelming vote” on Thursday in favor of legislation that would allow Congress to review a nuclear deal with Iran.

Corker also said he believes that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ Nearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo McConnell-allied group: We'll back Rubio if he runs for reelection MORE (R-Ky.) will file cloture on the bill and end debate, which could prevent the Senate from voting on a controversial amendment that would require Iran to recognize Israel as part of the deal.

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“My sense is that cloture is going to be filed,” Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters. “My sense is that Thursday there's a very strong chance that we'll get an overwhelming vote.”

The future of the Iran bill was thrown into question last week after Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioFla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio The Hill's 12:30 Report Rubio: 'Maybe' would run for Senate seat if 'good friend' wasn't MORE (R-Fla.) and Tom CottonTom CottonSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Dems to GOP: Cancel Memorial Day break GOP senator: Reid's 'ramblings' are 'bitter, vulgar, incoherent' MORE (R-Ark.) used a procedural tactic to try to force a vote on an
amendment to the legislation that would require Iran to publicly support Israel's right to exist as part of a final agreement on its nuclear deal.

Democrats argue that amendment would likely pass — but would also kill the bill if it were approved. 

McConnell has not said whether he’ll allow a vote on the amendment or file cloture on the underlying measure. He’s been working with other senators on a possible deal.

The GOP leader told reporters on Tuesday that he would file cloture "very soon," but added that he continues to look for a path forward to allow for additional amendment votes.

"We're still hoping there's a way forward that will give some of our members an opportunity to have votes on some of their amendments," he said. "But we anticipate finishing the Iran bill very soon."

Corker said that he would continue to try to work with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to work on a manager's package on amendments.

 

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