passes bill again to restrict Obama lifting Iran sanctions
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[February 03, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.
House of Representatives narrowly approved legislation on Tuesday that
would restrict President Barack Obama's ability to lift sanctions under
the international nuclear deal with Iran, nearly three weeks after a
similar vote was canceled.
House members voted 246-181 to pass the "Iran Terror Finance
Transparency Act," almost entirely along party lines, with almost
every "yes" vote coming from Republicans and Democrats
overwhelmingly opposed to it.
The legislation is not expected to become law, even though
Republicans control both the House and Senate. Even if it were
passed by the Senate, Obama has promised a veto, saying the measure
would kill the landmark nuclear agreement.
The House narrowly passed the legislation last month, but the vote
was voided after nearly a third of the chamber showed up too late to
cast their votes.
The voided vote took place on Jan. 13. On Jan. 16, U.S. and Iranian
authorities announced a complex deal in which Iran released four
American prisoners just as the international nuclear agreement was
Congressional aides said the House vote was voided because the new
House speaker, Paul Ryan, was pushing members to arrive for votes on
time, not because of any connection to the prisoner deal.
Democratic lawmakers noted that the repeated vote was not the only
one in the House on Tuesday that evoked references to "Groundhog
Day," the 1993 film in which the character played by the actor Bill
Murray lives the same day over and over again.
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The Iran bill was passed just after House Republicans tried and
failed to override Obama's veto of legislation to repeal his
healthcare law. House Republicans have voted more than 60 times to
try to repeal the healthcare overhaul, one of the Democratic
president's signature domestic policy achievements.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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