Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension
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Senate Democrats are rolling out an extension of a law imposing sanctions on Iran, setting up a likely fight over this issue once lawmakers return to Washington. 

Lawmakers announced Friday that they had introduced legislation to extend the Iran Sanctions Act — currently set to expire at the end of the year — through 2026.
The legislation has the backing of 14 Democrats, including Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info Poll: 47 percent back limits on Senate filibuster MORE (Nev.); Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCongress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance GOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela Senators pressure Trump to help end humanitarian crisis in Kashmir MORE (Md.), the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee; and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (N.Y.), who is expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader. 
“It is essential that Congress keep Iran’s feet to the fire to make sure they do not violate the [nuclear deal]," Schumer said in a statement. "This bill would provide the sanction authority that helps us do just that."
Cardin added that he hopes Congress will be able to move the legislation quickly once lawmakers return to Washington in September. 
"It is clear that we need to reauthorize the Iran Sanctions Act before the end of the year," he said. "Doing so is vital if the United States wants to retain a credible deterrent of snapback sanctions."
Despite bipartisan support in the Senate for extending the act, which includes sanctions targeting Iran's missile activities, lawmakers are split over how to renew the law.
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While that would extend the sanctions act for 10 years, it also goes further than the Democrats' bill by including new mandatory sanctions and limitations on a president's ability to use national security waivers. The dueling proposals come roughly a year after the completion of the Iran nuclear agreement, which lifts certain sanctions on the country in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.