Royce Eyeing Resolution on Iran

The California Republican says the United States needs to boost its bargaining power.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif.
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Jordain Carney
Nov. 13, 2013, 11:08 a.m.

House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee Chair­man Ed Royce, R-Cal­if., sug­ges­ted to The Hill on Wed­nes­day that House mem­bers could move for­ward with a res­ol­u­tion on Ir­an that would stress the need for more sanc­tions against the coun­try.

“Our next step will prob­ably be a res­ol­u­tion, in the House, which will ex­press the ne­ces­sity of go­ing in­to these ne­go­ti­ations with a stronger bar­gain­ing po­s­i­tion. And that bar­gain­ing po­s­i­tion would in­clude ad­di­tion­al sanc­tions,” he said.

But Rep. Eli­ot En­gel, D-N.Y., said he and Royce had yet to come to an agree­ment on the de­tails of a po­ten­tial res­ol­u­tion. He said they “think it’s im­port­ant that Con­gress weigh in,” and called a res­ol­u­tion a “pos­sib­il­ity.” The House passed ad­di­tion­al sanc­tions against Ir­an earli­er this year. 

The com­ments come as Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry met Wed­nes­day with the Sen­ate Bank­ing Com­mit­tee to brief mem­bers on the re­cent talks in Geneva over Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram.


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