By Julian Pecquet - 02/26/14 03:46 PM EST
Two of America's largest veterans organizations on Wednesday urged Republicans to abandon their push to attach Iran sanctions to pending benefits legislation.
The American Legion and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are demanding a clean vote on a bill from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would boost veterans' healthcare programs and give veterans in-state tuition rates at all schools across the country. The bill is stuck in the Senate as lawmakers debate amendments, notably a push from Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to attach Iran sanctions.
Likewise, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America tweeted that the Senate shouldn't get “distracted” with Iran sanctions and other amendments that “aren't relevant” to the bill.
The Senate should not get distracted while debating & voting on the #vets bill. Iran sanctions, Obamacare, etc. aren’t relevant to S. 1982.— IAVA (@iava) February 25, 2014
The sanctions legislation has broad bipartisan support — 59 senators have signed on — but Democrats have accepted President Obama's request to lay off while nuclear talks continue. As a result passage of the bill has become a partisan battle ahead of the 2014 midterms, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans this week upping the pressure on the Senate's majority leader to schedule a vote.
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