Democrats Put Brakes on Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -

Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a leading proponent of the legislation, says he remains skeptical a deal will materialize, but says he and nine other Democrats now won’t push the bill at least until the end of March. Menendez’ concession to the White House is good news for Obama, who has threatened to veto any new sanctions legislation.

Republicans could still move ahead on the bill, but without Democratic support, Congress would not have the votes needed to override an Obama veto.