Senate votes 99-0 on a resolution calling for tougher Iran sanctions

“Our president said in 2012 that his administration has Israel’s back,” Graham said ahead of the vote. “This is a chance for the Senate to also say we have Israel’s back.”

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Menendez said Iran was the “the paramount national security challenge we face.”

S.Res. 65 also supports the full implementation of U.S. and international sanctions on Iran, which Graham said have been working but too slowly.

“This is about preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” Sen. John HoevenJohn HoevenMajority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention Death threats against senators remained on Twitter for 2 weeks Senate panel approves funding boost for TSA MORE (R-N.D.) said. “If Iran can’t sell their oil, they won’t have revenue and won’t be able to build a nuclear weapon.”

The resolution says, “if Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense against Iran's nuclear weapons program, the U.S. government should provide Israel with diplomatic, military and economic support.”

The resolution expressly says it’s not a declaration of war.

“Today the Senate will send a clear and unequivocal message to Iran,” Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain names Britney Spears as a favorite Trump haunts McCain's reelection fight Primary opponent: McCain has 'issues about race' MORE (R-Ariz.) said. “The United States will not allow you to get nuclear weapon capability.”

Menendez, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, said his committee would continue to look at other options, including increasing military pressure, in order to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

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