The House hopes to unveil an Iran resolution “in the next week or two,” the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs panel told The Hill, but he added that more sanctions are not currently forthcoming.
House leaders hoped to pass a measure stating their expectations for a final nuclear deal late last year, but the proposal hit a wall when House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) withheld his support amid White House pressure. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), however, said Tuesday talks continue behind the scenes.
Engel acknowledged that any consensus resolution might require concessions. For example, it might not call on Iran to be denied any enriched uranium — something Engel and other pro-Israel lawmakers want but that the Obama administration says Iran would never agree to.
Engel said Republican House leaders have stopped talking about voting on new sanctions to put pressure on the Democratic-controlled Senate to follow suit. He said that would unnecessarily make Iran a partisan issue.
“I had heard that for one day,” Engel said. “I wouldn't be in favor of it.”
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