Cornyn: 'Good luck' explaining Iran bill opposition
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynIntelligence leaders push for mandatory breach notification law Senate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Application portal for venue grants down for five days with no updates MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday slammed his colleagues who say they won't support an Iran bill if it gets taken up before March 24.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Biden puts 9/11 era in rear view Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that senators would debate a bill next week to require President Obama to submit any deal made with Iran to Congress.


Negotiators face a March 24 deadline to reach a framework for a final deal on Iran's nuclear program. Ten senators vowed to oppose the bill if it is taken up before the deadline and didn't go through the Foreign Relations Committee.

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Cornyn, the Senate majority whip, suggested that the senators will have a hard time explaining their opposition to their constituents.

"[Menendez] opposes voting on his own bill because of the Senate procedures and the process. I don't know how you explain that back home. I couldn't sell that to my constituents in Texas saying... it is the right ting to do, but oh, no, I'm going to vote against it because I disagree with the majority leader's timing or the procedure," he said from the Senate floor. "Good luck with explaining that to your constituents."

Cornyn said his colleges should "calm down," adding that he's confused that the senators "are suggesting they might filibuster their own bill."

"I sincerely hope that everyone here who has supported Israel and embraced a policy of blocking Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon will calm down and work together and consider this important piece of legislation," he said.

The renewed push to quickly pass Iran legislation follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech on Tuesday. Netanyahu warned lawmakers that Obama's proposed nuclear deal with Iran would start the countdown to a "nuclear nightmare."