Nowruz is the Iranian New Year, which is celebrated each year on the vernal equinox, otherwise known as the first day of Spring. For the first time ever, the House of Representatives has voted to wish "Iranian-Americans and the people of Iran and all those who observe this holiday a prosperous new year."
The resolution, H.Res.627, was sponsored by Rep. Michael Honda [D, CA-15] and 57 others. It passed on Monday evening by a vote of 384-2. 44 members of the House, 20 Democrats and 24 Republicans, abstained. The two "no" votes were Rep. Jeff Miller [R, FL-1] and Rep. Bill Posey [R, FL-15].
The full text of the resolution is after the jump:Read Full Article
By a voice vote, the Senate this afternoon approved a comprehensive bill to put new, tougher economic sanctions on Iran. Since Iran has almost no oil refining capability and has to import at least 40 percent of its domestic gasoline supply, the most crippling sanctions in the bill would block any company that imports refined petroleum to Iran or works with Iran to build refineries from doing business in the U.S. market.Read Full Article
Following on Congress' approval last week of a pair of symbolic resolutions in support of the Iranian protesters, Rep. Mark Kirk [R, IL-10] is pushing for a vote on legislation that would actually put some economic pressure on Iran.Read Full Article