Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerA guide to the committees: Senate Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy GOP Congress unnerved by Trump bumps 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 McConnellDem senator predicts Gorsuch will be confirmed ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate A guide to the committees: Senate 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.
The future of the Iran bill was thrown into question last week after Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioA guide to the committees: Senate Schumer: GOP will break from Trump within months GOP loses top Senate contenders MORE (R-Fla.) and Tom CottonTom CottonA guide to the committees: Senate New national security adviser pick marks big change on Russia Koch-backed group stepping up advocacy against border tax 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."