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  • Iran sanctions have majority backing in Senate, but not enough to override veto

    January 10, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    More than half the United States Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

    The number of...

  • Senate bids to add kosher food to emergency food distribution

    June 13, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    An amendment under consideration in the U.S. Senate would add kosher food to emergency food assistance.

    The amendment, introduced last month by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), earned the endorsement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the umbrella body for Jewish...

  • Retract Zionism slur, U.S. lawmakers urge Turkey’s Erdogan

    March 13, 2013 | 10:34 am

    Eighty-nine members of the U.S. Congress signed a letter calling on Turkey's prime minister to retract his comments blasting Zionism.

    The lawmakers, representing both houses of Congress and both political parties, sent the one-page letter to Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to express...

  • U.S. senators Kirk and Gillibrand decry Argentina-Iran commission

    March 13, 2013 | 10:17 am

    Two U.S. senators asked the president of Argentina to end her country’s agreement with Iran to establish a “truth commission” on the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center.

    Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) sent a letter Monday to...

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  • Senators urge Europe to shut out Iran from bank transactions

    February 27, 2013 | 9:58 am

    A large bipartisan slate of U.S. senators urged European Union officials to authorize the body's central bank to shut Iran out of its money transfer system.

    The Feb. 25 letter to the president of the European Council, initiated by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Mark Kirk...

  • U.S. Senate resolution backs Israel’s actions in Gaza

    November 15, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Thirty U.S. senators have signed on to a resolution expressing support for Israel's "inherent right to act in self-defense."

    The non-binding resolution, originally drafted by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), "expresses unwavering commitment to the...

  • Senators chide Clinton on Israel’s exclusion from counterterrorism forum

    June 13, 2012 | 10:17 am

    U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Mark Kirk have written a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing their disappointment with Israel’s exclusion from the inaugural meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

    In the letter, Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Mark...

  • Netanyahu talks to recovering Sen. Kirk

    March 20, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who is recovering from a stroke.

    “The two discussed issues related to Iran and the urgent need for tougher sanctions,” said a statement Monday from the office of Kirk, who helped shape the most recent sanctions targeting Iran’s finance and energy sectors.

    “They agreed to remain in close contact on issues of mutual concern,” the statement continued.

    Kirk suffered a stroke in January.

  • Sen. Mark Kirk recovering from stroke

    January 23, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a leader on pro-Israel and Iran sanctions issues, underwent surgery that was deemed successful after suffering a stroke.

    A statement issued Monday from Kirk’s office said the Illinois Republican checked himself into a hospital on Saturday and that doctors...

  • Vast Senate majority urges sanction of Iran’s central bank

    August 8, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Nearly the entire U.S. Senate has signed on to a letter urging the Obama administration to implement sanctions targeting Iran’s central bank.

    “As you know, the Iranian regime continues to pursue avenues to circumvent both U.S. and multilateral sanctions,” says the letter to be sent...

  • Lawmakers ask Obama to enforce Iran sanctions

    August 24, 2010 | 9:59 am

    Two U.S. congressmen asked President Obama to bar a Russian oil company from doing business in the United States because it supplies Iran.

    Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Ron Klein (D-Fla.) wrote a letter to President Obama calling his attention to violations of the Comprehensive Iran...

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