Power shift in U.S. Senate brings sterner tone to foreign policy debate

Sunlight streams into the interior of the U.S. Capitol dome, covered in tarps for repairs, and is seen from the Rotunda in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will bring a tough new tone to the debate over Washington’s foreign policy, with lawmakers expected use their new clout and power over the budget to promote a more interventionist foreign policy. While leaders of the Democratic-majority Senate mostly backed President Barack Obama’s international goals, Republicans plan to pressure the White House to take a tougher line on Iran, Russia and Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. …

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