The sanctions are meant to shut down any financial deals with Iran's powerful state oil and tanker enterprises, stripping Tehran of crucial oil revenues. The new bill would build on penalties signed into law by President Barack Obama in December that threatened sanctions against any foreign institutions trading with Iran's central bank.
Democrats wanted to pass the proposed penalties ahead of talks between world powers and Iran next week, and had support from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobby group.
But Republicans sought a stronger statement in the bill that the use of U.S. military force was an option.
"These sanctions are great. I hope they will change Iranian behavior. They haven't yet, and I don't think they ever will," said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
"I want more on the table," Graham said.
Wait, what? Sanctions haven't worked yet, so we'll block additional sanctions so they can never work, thus proving our point that sanctions can't work? That's the big plan?
Boy, remember when Democrats were called traitors just for talking about alternatives to straight up war in the Middle East over the last decade? You know, last week?
At this point Mitch McConnell is just undermining the President's authority. Period. As a voting constituent, I'm thinking he should knock it the hell off.