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AIPAC Caves On Iran Sanctions Vote

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"AIPAC commends Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) for his strong and eloquent statement on the Senate floor today outlining the threat of Iran's nuclear program and the imperative of dismantling it. We appreciate his commitment to ensure that any agreement with Iran “is verifiable, effective, and prevents them from ever developing even one nuclear weapon.

"We applaud Senator Menendez's determined leadership on this issue and his authorship with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act. We agree with the Chairman that stopping the Iranian nuclear program should rest on bipartisan support and that there should not be a vote at this time on the measure. We remain committed to working with the Administration and the bipartisan leadership in Congress to ensure that the Iran nuclear program is dismantled."

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have warned that an immediate vote on Iran sanctions would jeopardize diplomatic efforts to reach a deal in which Iran surrenders its nuclear weapons capabilities. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has signaled he'll hold off on a vote as negotiations play out.