|Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill|
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|Key Democratic senator says wait until June for Iran sanctions bill|
Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, on Thursday called on panel members to wait until June to pass legislation to toughen sanctions on Iran, in order to give world powers and Tehran time to negotiate. "Congress should have the collective patience to wait until the end of June to see whether our negotiators can resolve the nuclear issue with Iran through diplomacy," Brown said in his opening statement as the banking panel prepared to vote on a sanctions bill. President Barack Obama has pledged to veto any bill imposing new sanctions now. As Republicans and Democrats in Congress debate how Congress should weigh in on nuclear talks with Iran, several other Democratic senators said earlier this week they would hold off on voting for any new sanctions bill until at least March 24.
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|Lawmakers seek to end restrictions on travel to Cuba|
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight Republican and Democratic senators will introduce legislation on Thursday to end restrictions on U.S. citizens' travel to Cuba, the first effort in Congress toward ending the U.S. embargo since President Barack Obama moved to normalize relations last month. The bill would end legal restrictions on travel to the island by U.S. citizens and legal residents, according to a statement about the senators' plans. It would also end restrictions on banking transactions related to that travel. The Obama administration announced some loosening of restrictions on travel last month, but Congress must vote to end the laws that put them in place.
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