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Netanyahu urges Senate to keep pressure on Iran

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Graham said there's consensus in the Senate to move ahead with a new round of sanctions, which the Senate Banking Committee is expected to take up shortly. The House passed similar legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in July.

“He just said basically that he believes in the importance that there be cost if Iran continues its nuclear program,” said Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSenators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal Democrats float 14th Amendment to bar Trump from office Romney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning MORE (D-Md.). “What we're doing now he strongly thanked us for and said it's having an impact and making it possible for us to negotiate.”

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand Cornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' MORE (R-Tenn.) the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Netanyahu gave “very detailed” answers about his views.

“Like all of us, I don't think he wants the negotiations to go on forever,” Corker said. “Obviously letting up on the sanctions is not something any us are interested in. And like all of us, he understands that if there is an agreement it needs to be a full agreement.”

He wouldn't say if Netanyahu pressed the committee for more sanctions.

“I'm not going to answer that,” he said.

The meeting was organized by the committee. A handful of other members showed up – Senate hawks Graham and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 Bottom line MORE (R-N.H.) as well as Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerCapitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? Schumer calls for DOJ watchdog to probe alleged Trump effort to oust acting AG Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers MORE (D-N.Y.), the Number three Democrat in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation MORE (D-Nev.) made a brief appearance but left before the arrival of Netanyahu, who was running late.

Netanyahu spent four hours meeting with President Obama and Vice-President Biden at the White House earlier in the day before sitting down with Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Paris Agreement: Biden's chance to restore international standing Kerry promises Europeans Biden will seek to make up time on climate action MORE at the State Department. The Israeli leader is concerned that Rouhani's calls for talks are a stalling tactic as Iran continues to move forward with its alleged nuclear weapons program.

After he left, the committee quickly voted to approve Caroline Kennedy as the new ambassador to Japan and to reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), portions of which expire at the end of the day Monday.  

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