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26 senators defy Obama, back Iran sanctions bill

December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a quarter of the Senate is defying President Barack Obama by promoting legislation that could raise sanctions on Iran.

The bill introduced Thursday sets sanctions that go into effect if Iran violates a nuclear deal it reached with world powers last month.

Those include a global boycott on Iranian oil exports within one year and measures against several Iranian industries.

The legislation is sponsored by 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans.

Under the Geneva deal with Iran, the Obama administration promised no new sanctions for six months. It has furiously lobbied Congress not to act during that period.

A Senate vote won’t happen until January at the earliest.

The bill also compels the U.S. to provide Israel military, diplomatic and economic support if it attacks Iran’s nuclear program.

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