Supporters scramble for compromise on U.S. Senate Iran bill

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks during the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville, TennesseeBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators scrambled to shore up bipartisan support for a controversial Iran nuclear bill before a committee meeting on Tuesday that could determine whether the legislation will survive President Barack Obama’s promised veto. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to debate and vote on Tuesday afternoon on the measure put forward by Senator Bob Corker, the panel’s chairman, that would give Congress a vote on any final nuclear agreement with Iran. The committee’s Democratic and Republican leaders were trying to reach a compromise agreement on roughly 50 amendments to the bill that would change it enough to be passed by the panel with strong support from both parties. If the panel of 10 Republicans and nine Democrats approves the legislation, it would be sent for a vote in the 100-member Senate.

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