By Julian Pecquet - 10/31/13 05:29 PM EDT
Members of the Senate panel crafting a new round of Iran sanctions said Thursday they're open to delaying action beyond next week after personal lobbying from Obama administration heavyweights.
The White House dispatched Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to the Capitol on Thursday to urge Democratic leaders and members of the Senate Banking Committee to delay action as the administration pursues a diplomatic deal over Iran's nuclear program. Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) left the meeting saying he hadn't decided yet whether to introduce and mark up a sanctions bill next week.