In Congress, the president’s much aligned nuclear deal is still against the ropes. However, Sen. Marco Rubio threatens to end the deal entirely.
Rubio has proposed seven landmark amendments to the Senate’s bipartisan treaty authorization bill. The strongest amendment would require Iran to recognize Israel as a legitimate statehood. This would be a condition to the nuclear deal’s approval.
Other amendments include the release of American hostages held by Iran, the president submitting United Nations proposals to Congress, and continuing sanctions on Iran that do not concern nuclear development, Politico reports.
The biggest challenge for GOP leadership is if Republicans hear any amendments on the bill they have to include Rubio’s amendments as well. Such a decision would pit Rubio against fellow Republicans who want the current, unamended bill to pass.