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Continued: Iran sanctions put Minnesota's senators on the spot

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 14, 2014 - 6:40 AM

“Minnesota is one of just 10 states where neither senator has taken a public position on whether or not to sign onto sanctions that would sink the deal — and risk another war in the Middle East,” they wrote. They also noted that it would only take a few more backers to assemble a veto-proof majority for the Menendez bill.

But Franken suggested that the uncertainty could work both ways. “This is sort of a matter of judgment,” he said. “In the past, the Congress has played bad cop to the White House’s good cop for a more aggressive sanctions regime.”

 

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  • Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., questions panel of witnesses during the committee's hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities" Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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