US House set to vote on tough Iran sanctions bill this week

By REUTERS
July 28, 2013 18:11

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives are due to vote on a tough Iran sanctions bill this week that seeks to squeeze the Islamic Republic's oil exports to a trickle.

The Republican-led House is due to vote on Wednesday on the bill that seeks to cut Iran's oil exports by another 1 million barrels per day within one year, congressional aides said.

The bill, expected to pass easily in the House, would not become law immediately as no companion legislation has yet passed in the Senate. The Senate Banking Committee could consider its version of a bill in September and then the legislation would move to the full chamber for a vote.

If the House acts this week it would highlight a divide between lawmakers in Congress and the some in President Barack Obama's administration.


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