The White House really wants Congress to take a beat on more sanctions for Iran

posted at 9:51 am on November 12, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Last week, the Senate Banking Committee was poised to begin marking up a bill that would pass a further round of economic sanctions on Iran to continue to increase the international and financial pressure on them to stay their nuclear program, including measures passed with resounding approval by the House over the summer. In the wake of this weekend’s almost-done-deal and with more negotiations on deck for November 20th, however, President Obama has been making personal appeals to lawmakers to at least hold off until his administration can make their case — and apparently, it’s working. Via Reuters:

U.S. lawmakers will wait for a briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry this week before deciding whether to impose tough new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, Senate aides said on Monday. …

“It is our feeling that additional sanctions right now will have the potential to derail the diplomatic agreement and would give Iran the opportunity to actually achieve sanctions relief by dividing the international coalition,” a senior administration official said in a possible preview of the message Kerry will deliver to lawmakers.

The Associated Press has more:

At the Obama administration’s request, a sanctions bill in the Senate Banking Committee was put on hold, but it’s unclear how much longer lawmakers are willing to wait.

Obama personally placed a call last week to Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., a key sanctions drafter, to ask that legislation be stopped. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough have all talked with lawmakers in recent days. And the White House is dispatching Kerry to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to implore the Senate Banking Committee to pause the legislation once again.

And a few more deets from BuzzFeed:

Democratic leaders in Congress are also under “an extraordinary amount of pressure” to back the White House on putting off sanctions, one congressional aide said… Democrats targeted include Sen. Chuck Schumer, who a Senate aide confirmed had spoken with Vice President Biden, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and a number of cabinet officials.

But the Senate’s hawks of both stripes have yet to back off; “We believe that sanctions and the threat of military force [are] the only things that are going to bring the Iranians to the table,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday, while Sen. Bob Menendez insisted that, “At the same time it’s also an incentive to the Iranians to know what’s coming if you don’t strike a deal. … I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to move forward on a package that ultimately would send a very clear message where we intend to be if the Iranians don’t strike a deal and stop their nuclear weapons program.” I think John Kerry is going to have to give one heck of a persuasive talk to convince these guys to quit beating the sanctions drum; as Krauthammer put it last night, the White House looked pretty darn happy over the weekend to submit to a deal that gave Iran a lot of relief in return for empty promises. Via NRO : “In other words, it takes away our leverage and it gives them a free ride.”


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Aunt Lindsey will lead the way.

Bmore on November 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

…to take a beat…</blockquote

What does that even mean?

meci on November 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Who is kidding who here? Barry will roll, Congress will roll. The only thing that matters is how quickly they can both blame Israel for everything.

Limerick on November 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Let’s see, France backed out of the supposed deal, and Israel is really pi$$ed about it. Must be one heck of a deal they are working on.

Johnnyreb on November 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

The expression “take a beat” is a Minnesotan term?

mjbrooks3 on November 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Barack Obama, the Iranchurian Candidate.

kd6rxl on November 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

http://therightscoop.com/mark-levin-explains-what-made-him-drop-his-jaw-this-weekend/

Mark Levin on Iran and Obama. Must listen.

Marcus on November 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Let’s see, France backed out of the supposed deal, and Israel is really pi$$ed about it. Must be one heck of a deal they are working on.

Johnnyreb on November 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Obamacare and the approval numbers for the lazy stupid coward are sinking like a stone. The Dems need a foreign policy distraction.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

The “Kick the Can Down the Road” strategy — Obama and Kerry have neither the ideological desire nor the will to pressure Iran, so they’re going to try and work a deal with the Iranians and hope nothing negative results from it before 1/20/17.

jon1979 on November 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

It’s one hell of a note when the United States has to take a back seat to France in standing up to a terrorist regime seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.

Must be more of that “soft power”.

Solaratov on November 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

…to take a beat

What does that even mean?
meci on November 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I read it as “pause.” This administration is desperate for a foreign policy distraction and to have the Senate pass legislation calling for more sanctions while the lazy stupid coward is promising easing sanctions is not helpful for what is important here- saving the filthy bastard’s legacy piece of legislation.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

‘Manifest Destiny’ for Islamists. That is the noble goal of Barry and the Crew.

Limerick on November 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

“Take a beat” is music class lingo?

mjbrooks3 on November 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

King Barack is out this morning looking for a supplier of white flags.

GarandFan on November 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Ok, I know I’m thick, but why is Congress looking at more sanctions against Iran?

Why were they all not imposed in the first place?

OldEnglish on November 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

“Take a beat” is music class lingo?

mjbrooks3 on November 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I believe so.

OldEnglish on November 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

King Barack is out this morning looking for a supplier of white flags.

GarandFan on November 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Nonsense. The surrender flag contract will be no-bid to some crony- maybe the parents of one of the children who go to Sidwell Friends with the Obama brats.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

“In other words, it takes away our leverage and it gives them a free ride.”

What could go wrong?

Bitter Clinger on November 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Obama personally placed a call last week to Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., a key sanctions drafter, to ask that legislation be stopped.

A couple of acknowledged knocks on Dear Liar is that he doesn’t engage with Congress on legislation, and especially with Republicans.

So these new proposed sanctions must really be kicking at Valarie Jarrett’s family friends in Iran.

rbj on November 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Nixon-Kissinger Obama-Kerry is not.

mjbrooks3 on November 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Aunt Lindsey will lead the way.

Bmore on November 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Can.Not.Un.See.

/slams head on keyboard

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Ward Cleaver on November 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Don’t worry. Obama and Kerry are not blind or stupid. Kerry said so, so it must be true.

/sarc

But he didn’t say anything about not being evil.

NOMOBO on November 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Washington at Valley Forge: “Too damn cold, going home.”

Meade at Gettysburg: “Fall back to Bangor”

McAuliffe at Bastogne: “Snitzel for everyone!”

Kerry at Paris: “Let me pull the pants down first”.

Limerick on November 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I’m wondering about “take a beat” also. Could she me “draw a bead on” or something?

eaglesdontflock on November 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

…to take a beat

What does that even mean?
meci on November 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM

It comes from screenplays and teleplays, instructing the director/actor to take a brief pause.

TXUS on November 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Christmas in Cambodia is so seared in his memory that Kerry now wants Thanksgiving in Tehran.

“Halp me Barak Im stuk in Iran”

- Jon Cary.

Steve Z on November 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

We heard recently that the entire concept of ObamaCare was a last-second attempt to fill in a gap in candidate Obama’s stump speech with populist rhetoric.

And the motive for delaying this bill is simply so the two-term loser can scratch out some claim of an achievement with Kerry’s new and improved ‘Middle-East Agreement’ (effectively, a retreat and distraction).

After the lock-down of airspace on 911, I carelessly joked that I feared Progressives more than terrorists. No joke.

Tsar of Earth on November 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

1. Take a beat
Stop for a moment to relax; pause and think about what you are doing.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Take%20a%20beat

Too hip for me! ;-)

albill on November 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM