U.S. Senate unanimously passes Iran sanctions billStaff Writer | December 2, 2016
The Senate unanimously voted to approve a 10-year extension of a bill that allows the U.S. to impose sanctions on Iran.
Politics and business The 99-0 vote
The House of Representatives previously passed the bill. The act was originally slated to expire at year’s end. The White House was noncommittal on whether Obama would lend his signature to the legislation.
"We'll take a look at the bill once it's been passed," spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters before the final vote.
The White House had previously said Obama would sign off on the bill only if it did not interfere with the ongoing Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which provides Iran with sanctions relief in return for international monitoring of its nuclear program.
It does not appear to do so, but Earnest has indicated it is unnecessary and that the president has sufficient authorities to sanction Iran without the legislation. ■