McConnell: We’re voting again on Iran deal
“It is time we move on to something else. This matter is over,” he said. “You can continue to relitigate it, but it’s going to have the same result.”
Asked if he is worried Democrats will switch their votes next week after potentially facing pressure back in their homestates this weekend, he told reporters “it would be a dumb thing for someone to do, and I have a bunch of smart senators.”
“We’ll have a raft of new bash-Iran proposals introduced by friends on the other side,” he said. “[But] we’re not interested in using floor time for…efforts on the other side to try to try to fool their constituents into thinking ‘oh, I really, really was serious about Iran in spite of the fact that I voted for the Iran deal that you hate.'”
Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) have introduced legislation to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, which expires next year. While Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, suggested that the legislation could pass earlier this year, only Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has backed the proposal.
Republicans had been widely expected to keep the focus on Iran next week.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said earlier Thursday that “there’s going to be a number of additional votes next week.”
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