Suddenly Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., doesn’t sound as committed to a new Iran sanctions bill.
Reid last week said he “will support” a bill that would tighten the sanctions. “The Senate must be prepared to move forward with a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, when the Senate returns after Thanksgiving recess. And I am committed to do so,” he said.
But Reid said Monday morning that the Senate will act only “if we need to do stronger sanctions.”
Reid said his views haven’t changed. “What I said last week, I still feel the same way today,” he said, speaking to NPR from his home in Searchlight, Nev.
“I said when we come back, we’ll take a look at this to see if we need stronger sanctions, and that’s why I’m going to look at Tim Johnson, chairman of the Banking Committee — which has jurisdiction of this, and Bob Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and they will do what they’re supposed to do. They’ll study this. They will hold hearings if necessary, and if we need more work on this, if we need to do stronger sanctions, I’m sure we will do that.”
Before the weekend’s announcement of an interim agreement, Reid seemed to go further, outlining elements of a new sanctions package that he would support taking up after the Thanksgiving recess.
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