U.S. Senate unanimously passes Iran sanctions bill
The 99-0 vote will extend the Iran Sanctions Act, originally passed in 1996, for another decade through 2026 if President Barack Obama signs it into law.
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. ■