Senate OKs bill giving Congress review of Iran nuclear deal

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Monday, April 27, 2015, in New York. | Getty Images file

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill to give Congress a chance to review — and possibly reject — any final nuclear deal with Iran.

Thursday’s vote was 98-1.

The vote follows months of wrangling over the legislation while the U.S. and five other nations negotiated with Iran.

Senate passage was a victory for lawmakers who succeeded in muscling their way into the Obama administration’s talks with Iran.

The legislation would block President Barack Obama from waiving congressional sanctions against Iran for at least 30 days while lawmakers review any final nuclear deal.

If senators disapproved of any deal, Obama would lose his power to waive certain economic penalties Congress has imposed on Iran.

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