White House desperation on Iran deal

Somebody leaned hard on Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, and possible successor to Nancy Pelosi. As Minority Whip, the Maryland Democrat is in charge of marshalling votes, keeping his party members in line. So he is not somebody who easily says "never mind" when he takes a strong public position. Yet something like that just happened. Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan of Politico report: House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer withdrew his support at the last minute for a resolution calling for additional sanctions on Iran, according to a source familiar with the discussions. Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), along with Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, had been trying to craft a nonbinding House resolution calling for more punitive measures against the Islamic Republic. The resolution called for Iran to allow "including no-notice...(Read Full Post)