Senate GOP Blocks Iran Sanctions Bill

Law360, New York (May 17, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT) -- Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday blocked a bid to pass a strong sanctions package targeting financial institutions, shipping companies and others doing business with Iran, frustrating lawmakers' attempting to pass legislation before U.S. talks with Iranian leaders resume.

Ahead of a meeting with Iranian leaders scheduled to begin May 23, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moved on Thursday to pass with unanimous consent a sanctions package, S. 380, which would expand the sanctions against Iran over its nuclear proliferation plans — but Republicans...
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