Corker expects ‘overwhelming vote’ on Iran bill Thursday
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerFox News inks contributor deal with former Democratic House member Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain Roy Blunt won't run for Senate seat in 2022 MORE (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he expects an “overwhelming vote” on Thursday in favor of legislation that would allow Congress to review a nuclear deal with Iran.

Corker also said he believes that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle Appointing a credible, non-partisan Jan. 6 commission should not be difficult Why President Biden is all-in in infrastructure MORE (R-Ky.) will file cloture on the bill and end debate, which could prevent the Senate from voting on a controversial amendment that would require Iran to recognize Israel as part of the deal.

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“My sense is that cloture is going to be filed,” Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters. “My sense is that Thursday there's a very strong chance that we'll get an overwhelming vote.”

The future of the Iran bill was thrown into question last week after Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Senators reintroduce bill to block NATO withdrawal New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (R-Fla.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Republican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices MORE (R-Ark.) used a procedural tactic to try to force a vote on an
amendment to the legislation that would require Iran to publicly support Israel's right to exist as part of a final agreement on its nuclear deal.

Democrats argue that amendment would likely pass — but would also kill the bill if it were approved. 

McConnell has not said whether he’ll allow a vote on the amendment or file cloture on the underlying measure. He’s been working with other senators on a possible deal.

The GOP leader told reporters on Tuesday that he would file cloture "very soon," but added that he continues to look for a path forward to allow for additional amendment votes.

"We're still hoping there's a way forward that will give some of our members an opportunity to have votes on some of their amendments," he said. "But we anticipate finishing the Iran bill very soon."

Corker said that he would continue to try to work with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to work on a manager's package on amendments.