Today Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he was committed to moving ahead with a tougher Iran sanctions bill after the Thanksgiving recess. The announcement comes on the heels of last week's bipartisan letter led by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman and Foreign Affairs Committee member Michael McCaul (R-TX), Foreign Affairs Committee member Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chief Deputy GOP Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Foreign Affairs Committee member Grace Meng (D-NY) -- who were joined by 59 members of the House -- urging Senator Reid and Senator McConnell (R-KY) to take up legislation that would tighten sanctions on Iran's energy and financial sectors.
McCaul, Roskam and Meng said: "We are pleased with today's announcement by Senator Reid that he will allow the Senate to consider additional sanctions against the Iranian regime. Only by sustaining pressure on Tehran through these sanctions will the United States be able to maintain its leverage on the Iranian government and ensure that Iran remains free of nuclear weapons. We applaud Senator Reid's decision and encourage all Senators to join us in our support of tighter sanctions on the government of Iran."