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Sen. Ted Cruz supports extension of Iran Sanctions Act

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Wide ranging media coverage on Wednesday report Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is signing onto a 10-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act.
The Texas Republican, who is running for president, was added on Tuesday as a cosponsor to the legislation—spearheaded by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), according to the Congressional Record.
Phil Novack, a spokesperson for Cruz, said that Texas Republican’s decision to support the proposal is "consistent" with previous sanctions legislation he’s introduced.
"The ISA, which maintains a large portion of energy sanctions, is set to expire at the end of 2016. It is imperative this act be re-authorized in order to retain the option to re-impose sanctions if the Administration lifts them," he added.
Cruz has been a vocal critic of the Iran deal, under which Iran accepts restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
His move came as the Texas Republican told reporters that Congress should pass a short-term government funding bill that "uses the power of the purse to force this administration to hand over the Iranian side deals."
Cruz, as well as a growing number of House Republicans, argue that the 60-day congressional review period for the Iran nuclear deal shouldn’t have started because the administration didn’t hand over so-called "side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA.)
Cruz publicly called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to back his push to delay the congressional review period over the "side deals."
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told The Hill that an extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, which includes sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program, would have enough support in the Senate to override a presidential veto.
"I believe that there are 67 votes in the Senate to extend the provisions of the Iran Sanctions Act to cause the sanctions to still be operative... in the event there’s a need for sanctions to snap back," he said last week.
While the administration hasn’t specifically threatened to veto an extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, top officials have voiced strong skepticism and suggested that it’s too early to discuss an extension.
Corker, however, has previously predicted that the Senate could pass an extension by the end of the year. Supporters of the sanctions bill argue that they need to pass the legislation so sanctions can be "snapped back" if Iran violates the nuclear deal.

 

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