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US Senate leader decides not to fast-track Iran bill

March 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided not to fast-track a bill that would allow Congress a chance to review and vote on any deal the president inks with Iran over its nuclear program.

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said Thursday that the majority leader no longer will put the bill up for a test vote next week.

The vote, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, would have allowed the legislation to be debated on the floor and voted on — before being marked up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

McConnell blamed Democrats for the delay, saying that even though they back it, they vowed to vote against it on the floor next week. Democrats want time to move it through committee and bolster bipartisan support for the measure.

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