McConnell shuts off Iran debate

The move represents a major win for a bipartisan compromise forged by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Ben Cardin (D-Md.). Their bill would allow Congress to vote on whether to lift legislative sanctions on Iran that will be the lynchpin of any nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Opponents of a nuclear deal would have to muster veto-proof majorities to block Obama from lifting such sanctions, though a future president could also decide to scuttle any deal made this year if Iran is found to be violating terms of the deal.

Depending on whether any one senator forces the Senate to jump through procedural hoops, the consideration of the bill could be finished late this week or sometime next week. But whenever it comes up for a final vote, it is expected to easily clear the Senate and then be approved by the House next week, sending it to the president for his signature.

“We’re going to complete the bill this week very successfully and move on to something else,” Corker told reporters. “This is a 90-plus vote on the floor.”